Book Review: 3D Printing and Maker Lab for Kids

Okay, it's only obliquely topical I suppose, in that this blog is not remotely about fun activities for children. However, many professional costumers are also parents, and as we incorporate 3D fabrication technologies into our process more and more, it's fun to consider sharing those activities with our children.

And in fact, I think this book could actually be great for adults who want to learn about 3D fabrication but have no idea where to start, or who find technology intimidating. The language and subjects covered are not "dumbed down" for the intended audience. The projects are simple and straightforward yet also potentially useful (like a coat hook, a hair comb, a ball/socket phone/camera holder). The drafting software is freeware (Tinkercad and Sketchup) and the author covers filesharing sites like Thingiverse.

The book is structured like a class workbook, with drafting/printing projects and subsequent questions on theoretical changes to the outcomes (answer key in the back of the book). There's also a glossary to look up any unfamiliar terminology. The diagrams and illustrations are clear and colorful; science teachers could use this as a textbook or lab manual, in fact.

Highly recommended for those of all ages who want to learn about 3D modeling/fabricating. No experience necessary!

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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