The little designers are the new “Makers ”, young and smart “kids” that can create by design and make by 3D printing. They will be the next generation of master craftsmen and not just consumers.
About this project
The Little Designer is an educational book which allows kids to learn 3D digital design and 3D printing in a very unique, intuitive and fun way. The book is set in a fictional world called Buddyland, which is created by dad and expanded by the kids. This fictional world is inhabited by the characters and their vehicles introduced in the tutorials.
This project is the second step of the free open source collection “Buddyracers” , a collection of cartoon themed open designs for kids from 4-10 years old, from www.dreamfactory.build.
The book starts very simply, showing how to create a cartoon character with just two spheres, and then how to print it to receive quick gratification. Congratulations, you can 3D print!!
Next, why not add more details, like a belly, tail and ears? By lowering the learning curve, children can be encouraged to move into these details faster, making their own toys truly unique.
Now that the children have gained the basic understanding of 3D design and 3D printing, they are encouraged to take their skills even further. The motivating tutorials and bold graphics help to move children deeper into their path of learning where monsters, cars, and even spaceships can be designed and 3D printed.
The story takes place in “Buddyland”, an imaginary and peaceful land where all the creatures live.
We open by telling about the annual Buddyland event, The Buddygames, which includes Buddyracers, Monster Extravaganza, and Aircraft Race. This creates an imaginary platform for children to create their own toys and games.
At this point, the children would have access to 3D design and 3D printing tools. The children, or makers in the making, will create their own universe based on the Buddyland platform, teaming up with other children and their unique creations, adding depth to the Buddyland world. As they learn more, and become more imaginative with the process and their toys, they can share them with other children online. This book is meant to foster that learning in a much more efficient and targeted way, while leaving it open ended and infinite in imaginative possibilities.
Why this project?
The Little Designer book and Buddyland project can hold kids’ attention and help them to learn something as complex as:
3D digital modeling and 3D printing.
The book not only teaches 3D design, but also the 3D printing techniques, best practices, and safety as well as encourages interaction with parents in the creation process. Many of the models in the book are designed for ease of teaching, as well as the ease of printing. They are designed without the need for support material to be removed and a short print time (around 15 minutes). There are also activities to do while printing, making the timeline of “design – make – play” optimized and holding the shorter attention spans of young children.
Kid will develop not only their creativity, imagination and 3D design skills, but also problem solving while designing the toys, motor skills while assembling their creations, and craftsmanship by finishing their creations with paint, stickers, and markers.
There is a section in the book to learn how to make cardboard stages from the "the games"
After the learning process, they will grow proud of their accomplishment of creating, showcasing and playing with their own toys that they created themselves.
The last section of the book describe the process to assemble the large 3D printed project "Buddyland",the collection includes a complete range of buildings, trees, comprehensive collection of street furniture, and road and track sections.The 3D digital models are available for free in most major 3D printing communities as well in www.dreamfactory.build
“The Little Designer” in the school.
Children are incredibly great at absorbing information, and if schools can dedicate curriculum that engages children in learning 3D design, they can learn at an earlier age how to explore the technology’s full potential. Then, they can create by design and make by 3D printing.
The goal of this book is to back up parents and teachers in spreading the creative freedom that this new pioneering technology allows in order to encourage the maker movement in younger generations, much like the craftsmen of older generation would do with papier mache, wood, clay, and even metal. To be able to make my own toys at home, to see my creations become reality, it was that spark that pushed me to become a professional Design Engineer.
Kids, “the technology is here",
Let’s get an idea, design, 3D model, 3D print and craft your master creation!!!
Nestor Llanos “Yan” The master builder.
Assembly "The Little Designer"
Painting " Monsters"
Diego Krause "3D digital designer"
Clive Jervis "Curious Kids preschool"
Juan Revilla " animation"
David Scott Neal II "Assistant graphic design and consultant ",
Subatra "Assistant graphic design",
Vince Prime "Web tech"
Fabian Magri " 3D digital designer"
Sofia LLanos " The Little Designer"
Mia LLanos "The Little Designer Assistant"
Boston Hart "The Little Designer" apprentice.
Best Friend Ever Buddy
For the one that want to play in advance!,
The Character are "free" to download, modify and 3D print from the Dreamfactory.build or :
Mr Bo and the Alien family
Risks and challenges
The book is almost complete and the founded will be used to create the ebook, ISBN numbers, register the book and printing them.
As with every project there is risk of production delay or changes. I will do everything I can to minimize these risks and if any delays or changes cause us to miss our reward fulfillment dates, we will be sure to keep everyone updated through the Kickstarter page.
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about my project. Your support would truly be greatly appreciated.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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