The library 3D printers are receiving more use as additional classes utilize these devices for content assignments. When we first received the 3D printer, we began small with individual students creating and printing personal designs. We were encouraged by the student creativity and excitement.
Fast forward to today and we have multiple classes creating 3D printer projects. With multiple classes and the speed of 3D printing, my brow did begin to sweat. How would we be able to accommodate these diverse projects? We had to develop a plan to organize projects and the printing process.
Enter Google Forms. With Google Forms upload file feature, we created a form asking for details along with an .stl file. The form results appear in a connected Google Sheet that the library staff can access. Depending on the day and time, we can place multiple projects on one 3D printer plate. This speeds up the process dramatically. Students can check the spreadsheet at any time to view their place in the queue.
Once the items are printed, we have a location where students pick up their items. So far, the system is working great.
What ways do you organize your 3D printing projects? I would love to hear other ideas!
Author: Becca Munson
Becca Munson, Librarian, is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 24 years of experience in education. Becca is the Coordinator for Library Systems in the Blue Valley School District. Previously, she was school librarian at Blue Valley West High School. She opened two buildings in Blue Valley and spent some time as an Ed Tech Specialist before returning to libraries. Becca supports over 45 librarians and support staff as they work to fulfill the mission of flexible scheduling, collaboration, and literacy.