Most 3D printers create three-dimensional objects by adding layers of a material to a surface. They work like hot glue guns, forming patterns layer by layer until the objects are fully formed. For a review of consumer models, see Make’s Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing 2014.
Aabriti made this iPad stand using Sketch It Make It. The project teaches design on a straight line, negative space, angles, and prototyping. You'll need an iPad and the free Sketch It Make It app, plus access to a 3D printer. If you don't have one, you can send your file to a service like Shapeways.
Named after the designer at Carnegie Mellon University, The Jessica Puzzle Kit is really fun for kids and adults alike. Design and laser-cut the geometric shapes, which notch together with right angles, parallel lines, and specific dimensions. You'll need an iPad and the free Sketch It Make It app, plus access to a laser cutter. If you don't have one, you can send your file to a service like Ponoko.
Gabe Johnson, Co-Founder and CTO, made Sketch It Make It to revolutionize the way we design. He holds a PhD in Computational Design from Carnegie Mellon University, and has worked at Google (on the 3D Warehouse), Ricoh Innovations, ReadyTalk, and as a computer science instructor at the University of Colorado.
Jessica Kahn, Co-Founder and CEO, has spent over 12 years in technology marketing and management with positions at BearingPoint, Adaptec, ReadyTalk, and Rally Software. She holds business degrees from Leeds and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and indulges her passion for art and design through painting and sculpture.
Mark D Gross, Co-Founder, currently serves as Director of the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado. He taught tangible interaction design at Carnegie Mellon University, along with computer-supported critiquing, creativity, and modular robotics for education. Mark holds a BS in Architectural Design and a PhD in design theory and methods from MIT.