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We have some serious chocoholics in our office. So this week we show you another nifty trick you can achieve using the Pause tool on your 3D printer to stop those would-be chocolate thieves.

Our teacher tip of the week: Pause and insert found objects inside your 3D printed projects

BCA teacher tip of the week 3D printing
Last week Jing Lu explored the Pause function on our 3D printer. This week she shows you another nifty effect you can achieve using this tool.

Jing: “Mindful of the chocoholics in our office, I began this week’s Teacher’s Tip with the aim of stopping the chocolate thieves in our midst”.

First, design a small box in Sketchup and punch through a series of holes into the surface.

Black Country Atelier 3D printing teacher tip of the week

Black country atelier 3D printing teacher tip of the week

I used a great Sketchup plugin called Joint Push/Pull to thicken the surface and produce a solid model which could be 3D printed on our office 3D printer.

Black country atelier 3D printing teacher tip of the week

Black country atelier 3D printing teacher tip of the week

Half way through Pause your print (found under Maintenance tool) and place your object inside. I had a few chocolate bunnies left over from Easter…!

Then Resume printing. Simple as that…..
Black country atelier 3D printing teacher tip of the week

BCA teacher tip of the week 3D printing

Using the Pause tool can be really useful for design and art projects where you can encourage students to combine CAD designs with found objects. Have a go in your next project.
bca 3d printing teacher tip of the week
Be ‘careful’ to watch out for those quick hands trying to nab the chocolate before the box is sealed!

We can show you how to design projects like this and more in our Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) Courses. If you would like more information about this or any of our projects, please contact [email protected] to learn more.¬†Finally, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn