Print of The Month - Easter Edition

This month we decided to take our Print of The Month campaign to the next level. With the run up to Easter very much upon us, we were pouring over what to print. We’d looked through several interesting models but nothing different jumped out at us.

We got a bit distracted whilst on the topic, we ended up discussing how we used all of the printers in our showroom this time 4 years ago to start producing face shields and visors for key workers and medical staff at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic here in the UK.

At the time we’d been working with a few local schools, providing them with materials to print face shields and visors too. So, back to March 2024! We’d been mulling over several ideas for a few days and it clicked, well sort of. We thought why not work with a local school again.

After a few discussions, we decided to link up with Stephenson Studio School in Coalville, Leicestershire.

We found a few cool models on STLFlix and then we had an idea, a competition! An easter egg painting competition! So… we put our trusty machines to work. We had 2 Bambu Lab P1S, an X1 Carbon and a Creality CR-10 SE running non stop to print off the eggs. There were 36 in total printed at a layer height of 0.2mm, 4% Gyroid Infil and 2 walls.

It took 3 days to get all of the eggs rattled off, the original sizing was tiny so we scaled them up to be 145mm tall, more like life-sized easter eggs, even if the real things have shrunk over the years! After that, we needed more goodies for the competition, so we printed some customized medals, also from STLFlix. These were printed with the same settings, but we bumped up the infill to 40% to add some weight to them.

We used Creality 3D Hyper PLA White for the eggs, Copymaster 3D Golden Line PLA for the 1st Place Medal, Prima Value Silver  PLA for the 2nd Place Medal and Copymaster 3D Cinnamon Bronze PLA Silk for the 3rd Place medal.

Unfortunately, the school is closing at the end of the summer term, so resources are limited and budgets are tight. We wanted to make this a special activity for the students, and the staff. So, we hooked them up with some paints, glue, glitter and brushes so they could decorate the eggs.

And, it wouldn’t be easter-y without some easter eggs right? So we got everyone, staff included an easter egg each, I mean, it would’ve been rude not to!

I think we can safely say, everyone enjoyed the activity and there were some great looking eggs!

This was quite a special edition of Print of The Month, it was nice to work with a local school on an activity like this. I think it is something that we will do more of in the future, not just for Print of The Month. What made it even more special was the fact that we had managed to use 3D Printing to produce resources and materials for use in an educational setting.

With the current era of 3D Printers being faster, more reliable and putting out super clean prints, it's not hard to see why more and more schools, colleges and universities are looking to 3D Printing and additive manufacturing to aid teaching and learning.

It's crazy to think how much has changed for the better in the last few years, all whilst still being at super competitive price points. The amount you get for your money now is simply mind blowing.

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