Friday, March 20 2015

Autodesk’s Commitment in Education: Tinkerplay and Other Apps

We are pampered with technology these days; after our professional lives and our entertainment enjoyment have been made easy with all those technologies and perks, now there are more perks that we can enjoy from the most current development. Well, the existence of 3D printer isn’t something very new and current, but still….it is more than enough to accommodate some of your needs. And when Autodesk is coming into the platform and combine the 3D printing technology with the new application – especially designed for kids – everything is just marvelous and superb.

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Understanding 3D Printing

Some people may have been familiar with the 3D printing system, while some aren’t. It is basically a printing process that makes three dimension solid objects out of digital files or data. Additive process is the main focus to create the 3D printed items. You see, an additive process is when different materials’ successive layers are laid down one by one until a full solid object is created. The layers are viewed as thin slices of horizontal cross sections from each object that seems to be ‘stacked up’ to create a whole and complete object.

The 3D printing works by you making a virtual design and data from the object. You can use CAD file that has its own 3D modeling program or a 3D scanner. The modeling program is generally used to create a new object, while the scanner is used to copy an already existing object. The digital file will be then slice up the object into different horizontal layers (it can take hundreds or even thousands). When it is uploaded into the printer, the printer will then assemble the layers one by one, and you can get a complete item in the end. The cool thing about this printer is that there won’t be any sign of layering, so it will look like as if the object is created in one solid form.

Autodesk’s Application and Purpose

So, what’s the correlation between a 3D printing technology with Autodesk’s application, anyway? Well, the company understands that 3D printing technology will be extremely crucial and important for future reference, and the best way to make children understand about the function and usage of the technology is by engaging them in a fun and enjoyable activity. These kids can learn about the proper usage and ways to use the printer while doing it in the most fun ways. That’s why they have developed several programs which they believe will be appealing and interesting for these kids.

Starting from acquiring Modio (which is designed especially for iPad), they developed Tinkerplay, a special application that incorporates intuitive, simple, and enjoyable model construction that will be ready for 3D printing process. There won’t be any additional support material or additional rafts for the printing purpose, but Autodesk has added functionality, parts, and also features to the app. The app is designed to appeal children in 3D modeling and designing so they will be interested in designing their own creation, coloring them, printing them in 3D models. The kids are also given the freedom to design everything on their own or use the already provided templates.

Although this app is originally designed for kids, adults can also use it. Those with young spirits at heart can always make changes or tweaks into the application. Since the implementation is easy, everyone can use it. The drag and drop feature makes everything simpler and easier. If the user wants to challenge themselves, they can always create their own models. For this purpose, however, Autodesk has bigger and expanded Tinkercad app that has more complete features that will make the objects look real. When colors are incorporated, the printer can process the colored parts into one whole piece that can be assembled together.

The Tinkerplay app is now available for Windows, Android, and also iPad operating system that encourage at-home play and experiments. Although this app can be done and implemented on class based activity, kids are free to tweak their creative skills at home. After all, this app is originally designed for a new generation that has learned to swipe stuffs and tinker with various mobile gadgets, even before they learn to walk.

Free of Charge App from Autodesk

In relation to Autodesk’s plan to make Tinkerplay available for at home experiments and individual learning process, they also provide free application to middle school and high school students in the US. This app is given as a part of Obama’s ConnectEd project. The company is known for its concern and dedication for the education, and they have offered Fusion 360 and AutoCAD so far for educational use all around the world. With this free application, around 680 millions of students will be able to engage in this fun program, either at home or in the classroom. Another cool thing is that the company also provides teaching resources as well as project ideas.

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If you go into the official website, you will be given a link where you can download the software for free. The application is free for teachers, students, and also academic institutions around the world because the company believes in education. You can download the app from the provided link, and you can also access the links for academic institutions as well as for teachers and students. And the free projects and lessons are also included, so you can get everything you want without fuss. You can tweak your way around the learning resources since everything has been available and provided for you.

It is a good thing that at least a certain company and developer has deep interest in education and dedicate themselves in developing a handy app that is truly beneficial for the sake of students as well as developing their interests in learning new sciences in the most fun and engaging ways. Kids and students can learn about creating, designing, and making their own toys, as well as getting familiar with the learning curves. And with the help of today’s most current technology, nothing is impossible anymore.