It was brought to my attention today that Wolfram Alpha widgets can be embedded in web pages, a useful tool for anyone hacking on their MakerBot. Andrew Plumb and Tony Buser have embedded a few widgets in the PID Controller Tuning and Adjusting the Thermistor Settings pages on the MakerBot wiki.
A few hours ago MakerBot Industries released the Plastruder MK5. I’m pleased to say that it utilizes the thumb screw design in my Paxtruder, which has proven much more reliable than the pinch wheel of the Plastruder MK4.
There are numerous other improvements, so head on over to the wiki page and learn more.
MakerBot Industries is giving away ten 3D printers to teachers across the world. The giveaway is open to any teacher at any grade level. So if you teach anything from finger painting to quantum physics you’re eligible. Bre Pettis and I are both former teachers and will be selecting the recipients. I’m really looking forward to all the great educational material that will be produced to support MakerBots in schools across the world.
Before August 23rd send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following info. We may publish the ideas/lesson plans on the blog or wiki after the contest ends.
* Your name
* Your school’s name
* The address you’d like the MakerBot sent to if you are chosen
* A paragraph describing how you would integrate the MakerBot into your curriculum. Include some description of the learning environment and what you teach
* A lesson plan that you will implement if you get a MakerBot
Teachers who get a MakerBot will be expected to join the MakerBot Educators Google Group and document their experience with the MakerBot so that the other teachers can be inspired!
If you know a teacher who is interested, please pass this information along.