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da-12
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Software for kids to create 3D prints?

I have a Prusa Mini on order.  This will be my first time using a 3D printer.  While I look forward to using the advanced features (I work in a highly technical profession), it would be nice if my kids could make things too.  Any suggestions (pointers to articles, videos, etc.) on ways that my kids can use an iPad app, or Windows 10 software to create designs at a kid-friendly level, and then I can import those into the Prusa Mini?  Since I am so new to this, I am not familiar with the interoperability with the world of 3D software, or whether this uses proprietary software that only works with advanced tools.

Posted : 14/10/2020 2:36 am
da-12
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RE: Software for kids to create 3D prints?

For example, if I use one of these programs, Tinkercad, SolidWorks Apps for Kids etc. mentioned in this article, https://all3dp.com/2/cad-for-kids-best-software-tools-children/ is it relatively straightforward to import these 3D models into the Prusa Mini ?

Posted : 14/10/2020 3:43 am
Annieclo
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RE: Software for kids to create 3D prints?

Thanks for sharing the interesting article @da-12. I am also quite new in 3d printing. I want to buy my first 3D printer, so now I am researching what models to avoid, etc. There are reviews and youtube videos out there about various printers, but I am not sure if those are reliable sources or rather marketing from the manufacturers...

I am happy to say that I convinced my 2 sons to spend their money on a 3D printer, instead of a Nintendo Switch. So the main goal/purpose of the printer will be to print little 'gadgets' for my kids. Anyway, here is the some cheapest printer I have found so far:

Zonestar P802QR2 Qidi Tech X-Pro Maker Farm 10" Pegasus Kit with the dual extruder option The first one is dangerously cheap! Shall I totally avoid it?

Why dual extruders? I love the idea of water-solvable support material. And as far as I know, I need dual extruders for that to print, please correct me if I am wrong.

Posted : 17/05/2022 10:41 am
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