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BotW 007: 3D Printed Roller Coasters!

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

This week, go bowling and build a roller coaster. Both in your living room. After that, start designing in 3D! It's easy, it's free, and you can do it. Yes, YOU. It's TinkerCAD, and it's a great way to start making your own 3D-printable designs.

Weekend Win: 3D Printed Handheld Bowling

Designer: rayjizza

Print Time: About 6 hours

This design uses the flexibility of the 3D printed pieces to make a launcher for the ball! It might be fun to sit down and play with someone like you're at the bowling alley - each of you gets two balls per frame. See how good you can get!

Skill Builder: Filament Roller Coaster

Designer: Diego Val

Print Time: Several hours (depending on how big you want your roller coaster)

Is anybody else looking at this trying to figure out how to make it go from the top floor of your house all the way to the basement? The structure between the black cubes are toothpicks or even short pieces of 3D printing filament. This thing can be as big as your imagination. Go for it! You may need to tune your printer to print the holes well enough that the toothpicks fit in snugly.

Start Making Your Own Designs!

You need to learn how to start making your own 3D models. Seriously, stop reading this, and go sign up for TinkerCAD. It's free, it's easy, and it's your open door to start holding your ideas in your hands.

TinkerCAD is like building with blocks when you were a kid, only digitally. You combine simple shapes to create your design, and anybody who can use a mouse can use TinkerCAD. Click the picture above to get started with the built-in TinkerCAD tutorials, and if you're hungry for more after that, I teach lessons on how to design. Shoot me an e-mail at underwoodmakes@gmail.com, and we'll get some lessons set up.

Now is a great time to learn this. It's easy, it's fun, it's free, and you can start thinking in 3D. Go sign up!

Best of the Week Pinterest Board:

This week there's more puzzles, an optical illusion, kids teaching aids, and tabletop soccer and baseball!

The End of the Spool:

This week has been my busiest ever with my business. I had 4 or 5 new customers contact me late last week to do design work or print parts, and I'm so excited! I also taught a TinkerCAD design class for my local library this week (thanks, Katie!), and that was a blast.

What are you learning through being stuck at home during the quarantine? By this point, I think even the most introverted among us are starting to miss the friendly faces we see at work, church, school, or even the grocery store.

Here's a picture that comes to mind a lot for me:

I saw this once, and it keeps speaking to me. If you're comfortable, you're not growing. That's basically what it comes down to. Here's the thing - you have a choice! You get to choose how you react to being out of your comfort zone. Will you embrace learning the lessons that lie in taking on the challenge, or will you disengage?

Right now, it's easy to drop out. Somehow, stuck at home, it seems like things don't matter, but they can matter in the best way possible if we take a breath and square ourselves to take our challenges.

Someone once told me that FAIL stands for First Attempt In Learning. I like that, and I don't mind failing if it happens when I'm hitting the problem head-on. What do you need to tackle this week?

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