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October 2016

Week Three

The plan for this week was to start on the electrics, however the 3D printer has been playing up. I'm not sure whether I wound the filament onto the reel too tightly, or whether the school heating is drying out the reel, but the result is that the filament suddenly snaps without warning during a print.

This has meant that we didn't get to print out the LED holder and switch holder parts to fit inside the Tardis. But never mind, we had plenty to get on with, and so instead we printed out the labels for the Tardis (Police Signs for the top bar on each side, and the phone instructions on the front door). 

The phone instructions printed out too large, and so we had a quick maths session on how to reduce them to the correct size using the photo copier zoom (-) feature.

The Phone box signs were almost the right size, but required a little trimming to ensure they fitted onto each top panel.


So we now have labelled Tardises.


Nest time... we *should* be adding the electrics to light the whole thing up! 

Preparing the Resources

So whilst the pupils are busy working through their first project, they've already decided what their second project is going to be, and so the 3D printer is busy preparing the pieces they'll need for when we start.

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Photo 23-10-2016, 12 20 29

This is just the fist of six of these tower sections, followed by a whole range of additional parts for the roof and rails.

Week Two

This week the painting continued with a second coat on the main parts of the Tardis, as well as the painting of the Tardis roof.

Once the second coat had dried the pupils began to fix into the place thin opaque windows on each side.

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Next time... labels and electrics

Week One

In the first week each pupil was given 3D printed parts to a Tardis to assemble;

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Once they had worked out how everything fitted together, they began to paint using a "Tardis Blue" enamel paint.

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Next time: roof and windows...