3D printing is an additive manufacturing process that turns a digital file into a three-dimensional object by successively layering extruded material onto a print bed.
With lowering costs and increased access to the technology, 3D printing hobbyists and engineers alike can share their creations with others digitally.
Amidst COVID-19, the global 3D printing community, including our very own Makers, stepped up to design, print, and donate PPE for healthcare personnel, community centers, and small businesses.
Shifting gears, M4C is now focused on teaching Makers how they can turn their skills into creative projects and feasible solutions for areas of their community that could benefit from 3D printing.
The teams in the toy track will pursue various projects including but are not limited to: printing batches of toys for the annual Marine Corps toy drive and challenging their CAD design skills by creating one-of-a-kind toys for special requestors.
Toymakers are expected to work on 5 or more donation projects over the span of the program. We will help our teams find groups in their communities to donate to and will walk them through the problem-solving process.
For the first month of the program, teams will attend weekly sessions to learn about different CAD techniques used for making toys. Teams are then expected to meet on their own to facilitate donations. Additionally, all teams must attend monthly Entrepreneurial workshops and are required to be active, contributing, and present in the Discord community.
For any teams looking for additional support, track organizers will be hosting Office Hours every week.