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The Voxel Printer: Steps Toward a Pick-and-Place 3D Printer for Children
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, , University of Colorado, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-16-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

The past decade has seen a remarkable increase in the power and availability of 3D printing for children, and for educational uses more generally. Pursuing this goal, this paper reports on early steps toward the design of a novel working 3D printer for children, based on the idea of a discrete, "voxel-based" printing medium. The Voxel Printer works, in principle, much like an industrial pick-and-place machine: it selects individual tiles from a store of such pieces, and places the tiles, one by one, to compose larger physical 3D structures. In this paper we discuss the first (still-in-progress, and partial) implementation of the device, and outline the rich possibilities of this sort of output device for youngsters and for educational uses.

Citation

Jacobson-Weaver, Z. & Eisenberg, M. (2015). The Voxel Printer: Steps Toward a Pick-and-Place 3D Printer for Children. In S. Carliner, C. Fulford & N. Ostashewski (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2015--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 1429-1434). Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 17, 2019 from .

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