Kids get introduced to drawing & painting at a very young age. When speaking of digital art, Ms-Paint is one of the first applications for them. As they grow up they get to learn more with other applications like Photoshop, Canva, etc.
To keep up with the evolving technologies, kids even enroll into extracurricular activities such as robotics camp, coding, CAD, IoT, etc. This not only prepares them for the real world problems but also keeps them entertained by feeding their curiosity.
In this article, we are going to talk about CAD (Computer Aided Design).
When we draw anything on our computer applications, usually it is two dimensional. For example, making anything on Ms. Paint & Photoshop is two dimensional graphic. On the other hand, applications like TinkerCAD & SelfCAD allows the kids to draw in a 3 dimensional plane. Students can draw 3D objects of any kind & reshape it in the application. These 3D designs can be viewed from all the angles. Take a look below.
TinkerCAD is a free web-based application that is very easy to use for kids & beginners. Students can design a 3D model on TinkerCAD & then slice it in a slicer like Cura so that the model can be 3D Printed.
Because 3D designing has some limitations in TinkerCAD, we suggest the students & teachers to switch to SelfCAD. SelfCAD is a bit more advanced than TinkerCAD but it is very easy-to-use even for the kids/ beginners. Students can design & sculpt their 3D model & render it, animate it, slice it & 3D print it all using this single web application.
The picture picture/diagram below shows the steps involved to 3D print any design. If you don't own a 3D Printer, you could save your 3D design in an .stl file & ask your nearby '3D Printing Service Provider' to 3D print the design (stl) for you by converting it to the gcode file according to their 3D printer. Make sure to mention the size/ scale of your design & the material that you want your model to be. Some of the common materials are PLA, ABS, TPU, etc.
Some service providers even provide Lab setup & training which is well suited for school going students. So, get your hands on this technology as CAD and 3D printing are the new normal for the students. In fact, most of the schools in developed countries already have CAD & 3D printing well integrated in their curriculum.