Why a 3D Printer could be the best resource you purchase for home schooling this year?
Living on a single income to home school can be a challenge to say the least and the cost of resourcing your child’s education isn’t cheap but still we do it for ideological reasons, or because of our child’s particluar needs, or for our family’s sake – intending to live in a remote area of Australia reduces our options for schooling!
How can a 3D Printer can actually REDUCE your resources budget?
I am guilty like many mums of scouring the net and getting excited about the wonderful resources that are out there. I had never heard of Montessori 12 months ago but have fallen in love with many of the kinesthetic learning aids they provide.
My heart sinks at the cost of the beautiful educational resources that are out there but are difficult to justify on a single income!
However, since I allowed my husband to talk me into buying a 3D printer and eventually launch into business selling them,
I confess I now scour the net with excitement to see what educational resources I can replicate with my 3D printer I just LOVE the fact that I can make almost anything AT A FRACTION OF THE RETAIL PRICE!
Here’s a few resources that I’ve made my own.
Montessori Sandpaper Letters
My 2 year old loves these Montessori sand paper letters. We match up with Montessori miniatures with the letters we know. My favourite is when she pulls of the ‘f’ and tells me its for “FOOT!” and stands on it, and “FEET!” and then bends over with both feet on the letter and finds a little place for “FINGERS!”
Montessori Fraction Circles
I saw a set of fraction circles that used a ring to self correct for the child. I took that idea and made a primary school aged game called Frac Stac. It is all the fractions from 1/2’s to 1/10. It’s a great game for finding equivalent fractions. My little girl uses them as a puzzle at the moment but is on her way to grasping halves, thirds and quarters.
Cool Maths Resources – The capacity to make almost anything!
I’m sorry but I found this today and am just too excited at the thought of making a 3D printed version of this for myself. I just can’t justify the $219 price tag though. That’s where a 3D printer comes into its own.
About the 3D Printer Plus DIY 3D Printer
My husband and I started our business 12 months ago selling these babies. They have changed our family in so many ways and with every new creation we kind of look at each other and do a mental calculation of how much we actually SAVED because we invested in one of these.
The Prusa I3 in a nutshell
We sell 2 models of the very popular Prusa I3 DIY 3D Printer
Cost: $469 for the Standard Build and $599 for the Dream Build. (The Dream Build is for those not super saavy with DIY or soldering and electronics. We basically do the hard bits for you.) The Standard Build is a kit similar to what you would find elsewhere but with a load of extras and a construction manual written by an Australia – trust us, its a big deal!!!) My engineer husband took 3 months to build his first kit because of the manual quality and poor quality control on parts)
Build Size: A max of 19cm x 19cm x 19cm
Print Material: PLA and ABS Plastic
No of Colours: 1 at a time
Cost of Filament (plastic): $30-40 a roll (it goes a long way and it comes in lots of colours!)
Software: All freeware – Google Sketch Up, Repetier Host… we provide it all
Homeschooling parents LOVE DIY and one of my favourite parts about selling these printers is seeing people realise not only what they CAN DO but that there is now a way to get into 3D printing at a NON RIDICULOUS PRICE for a single income family.
Feel free check our website and contact us at 3D Printers Plus www.3dprintersplus.com.au. We love questions!