How Engineers can introduce their Kids to 3D Printing

Da Vinci Junior 1.0 to bring 3D printing into classrooms and homes

The technology behind 3D printing is still in its infancy. Coming across respectable consumer grade 3D printers is almost an impossibility.

However, there is a class of 3D printers that are optimized for educators and families.

Engineers may find it easy to get their kids interested in STEM as they work together to print out something as simple as a small figurine, or a collection of parts for a greater toy.

The Da Vinci Junion 1.0 is the latest consumer friendly machine to take inspiration from older models like MakerBot, DittoPro and the Cube. Teachers and parents will be able to walk children through their first steps in the technology that could print their futures.

The Specs behind Da Vinci Junior 1.0

First time 3D designers can expect an Easy-Bake oven feel with the Da Vinci Junior. Not requiring assembly, the machine has a built in SD card slot, not requiring a connection to any computer. It also has a non-heated bed to ensure safety for first time users.

The Da Vinci 1.0, showcased in three different color schemes.

The Da Vinci 1.0, showcased in three different color schemes.

The 3D printer will fit on a countertop, as product dimensions reach 16.5″ x 15″ x 16.9″.

Weighing 12kg, the machine reaches print dimensions of 5.9″ x 5.9″ x 5.9″.

The Da Vinci Junior can access a great number of pre-existing models from a Cloud, immediately available for download and printing.

Designed to minimize environmental impact, the device uses biodegradable PLA resin. This allows the machine to print materials at low temperatures. The printer only consumes 75 watts of power.

The Da Vinci Junior 1.0 is one of three versions to be released by XYZprinting. A wireless-connected version is set to release later in 2015.

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