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5 Ways to build in 3D without a 3D printer

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While 3D printers are great, they are pricey and hard to come by.  Here are 5 ways kids can explore creating in 3D space without any high tech equipment.

1. Use 123D Make to create a model from cardboard.

3D angry bird built with 123DMake next to a toy angry bird

3D angry bird built with 123DMake next to a toy angry bird

Following the instructions from my first 3D project and make a 3D computer model come to life.   This project uses the free 123D Make program to transform 3D computer models into plans to recreate the object using cardboard cutouts or other materials.

2. Crayon Molds

Pouring melted wax into a silly putty mold

Pouring melted wax into a silly putty mold

Using silly putty and melted crayons you can make wax replicas of every day objects.  Follow the instructions for 3D silly putty replicas and clone just about anything!

3. Build marshmallow structures

Toothpick marshmallow structure

Toothpick marshmallow structure

Marshmallows and tooth pics can be great building tools.  Head on over to The Idea Room and check out some great marshmallow engineering!

4. Good old fashion Play Doh!

Play Doh Angry Birds

Play Doh Angry Birds

Don’t forget the basics!  Sky’s the limit when you have a few buckets of kid’s favorite molding clay.  Check out the Play Doh Stop Motion Movie Project to see what my kids made with this magic clay.

5. Use 123D Make to make a folded paper model

Folded Paper plans build from 123DMake and cut with a Silhouette

Folded Paper plans build from 123DMake and cut with a Silhouette Cutter

Using the same program as in #1 (123D Make) we can load models found in their huge library of 3D objects and turn it into paper plans.  These plans can be folded into a 3 dimensional paper object like origami.  More on this technique in a future post!

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