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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, October 5 2014 12:00 AM UTC +00:00
$6,593
pledged of $42,000pledged of $42,000 goal
169
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, October 5 2014 12:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Update:

At this point, we've realized that our campaign is not going to reach its funding goal, so we’re regrouping and focusing our efforts on next steps. We’re thrilled by the support we've received from the education and open source communities, and we look forward to continuing to build these new relationships.  

Please visit our website for updates and to see if there's anything you can do to help. We’ll continue to use BlocksCAD in our classes, so if you want to use it, stop by our workshop!

What is BlocksCAD?

Imagine a drag-and-drop 3D Computer Aided Design and modeling tool designed for use by elementary-age children. Then give it the features, flexibility, and power of a professional-level program. That tool is BlocksCAD and it's in use here at Einstein's Workshop, a hands-on learning center and kids makerspace in the Boston area.  

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With this tool, we've had enormous success teaching 3D design to children as young as 8. The interface is easy for developing minds to grasp, with interlocking blocks and sliders, simple shapes, and quick visual 3D feedback.

After just a few hours of instruction, students are able to create prints like these:

A Math and STEM Teaching Tool

Using BlocksCAD is a fun and creative way to learn simple and complex math concepts including estimation, coordinate systems, volume, three dimensional geometry, and, set theory. 

It builds math sense, and more importantly, motivates kids to learn more.

BlocksCAD also exposes students to concepts in computer programming and engineering such as variables, conditionals, loops, and modules.

Why Kickstarter?

We want to bring our prototype software program to the masses by making it web-based and open source. And we'll be able to add the features that we know it needs to be even more successful as an educational tool.    

We need your funding help to refine the user interface, add features to make it robust and simpler to use, and create documentation. We want it available for elementary students everywhere to use at home or in the classroom.

Since this software is designed for use by kids and their parents, we want to make sure it's web-based, easier to access and more user-friendly than many open source tools.

What Features will be Added at the Base Funding Goal?

  • Usability enhancements
  • User interface improvements
  • Account system
  • Cloud Storage
  • Integration with printing services so you can get your designs printed, even if you don't have access to a 3D printer
  • Integration with online model repositories
  • OpenSCAD design import
  • Submit patches upstream to OpenSCAD
  • Documentation

Where Did BlocksCAD Come From?

When we saw a need for CAD software that’s easy for younger students to use and freely accessible without license or age restrictions, we did exactly what we encourage our students to do: we built it ourselves. By adding a drag-and-drop interface to our favorite open source CAD software, OpenSCAD, we eliminated the need to memorize code and troubleshoot syntax errors.

 Who is Einstein's Workshop?

While our current focus is teaching STEM, our team has decades of experience in related fields such as massively-scalable web infrastructure, software development, and instructional design. The management at Einstein’s Workshop has a proven history of large-scale successes with endeavors in this field. With funding, we believe this tool has the potential to revolutionize educational approaches and bring broader access to powerful design and manufacturing tools.

Who's Talking About BlocksCAD?

inside3Dprinting.com: BlocksCAD Program Making 3D Printing Easy and Fun for Elementary Students is Seeking Funding on Kickstarter

Make Magazine: Cool Crowdfunding September 13

Printing3DToday.com: BlocksCAD the CAD software for children

SoylentNews: Scratch-like Tool Brings Open-Source 3D CAD to Kids

3dprint.com: Software Developers Create BlocksCAD, CAD Software so Simple an 8-Year-Old can use it

Sketchfab: Check out this 3D model designed in BlocksCAD (made possible by Sketchfab):

Risks and challenges

Due to the unpredictable nature of software development, it is possible that our timetable may take longer than anticipated. However, because we already have a usable, working prototype, we feel confident that we can deliver on our promises!

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    Give us a boost! Back us at $15 and download an STL 3D model of our mascot, The Blockhead. Remix our design or print your own! Also includes your name in the credits and backer-only updates.

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    Welcome to the Beta Tester level! You'll gain early access to the BlocksCAD software, with an opportunity to help us make it the best CAD software it can be. And of course, you'll get your name in the credits and a digital 3D model of the Blockhead.

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    BlocksCAD: The T-shirt. Wear your heart on your sleeve... or your chest... with our "I <block> CAD T-shirt" and proudly announce your support!

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    Early adopters are VIPs! You'll receive the VIP version of our mascot, "The Blockhead" (normally only available at the $1000 level). This reward level is limited to 50 backers, so if you want the top hat, act quickly!

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    Get a 3D Printed Mascot! Back at this level and we'll mail you a full-color 3D print of our mascot, "The Blockhead".

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    Join us at Einstein's Workshop for a 3-hour BlocksCAD Boot Camp in Burlington, MA!

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    Don't need Boot Camp, but want to join us for the Launch Party? Back our project at this level and get an invite for two to the Launch Party (estimated September 2015) and all the rewards listed in the $100 backer level (estimated delivery January 2015.) (Lodging and transportation not included.)

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    Join us for the Boot Camp AND our BlocksCAD launch party! Chill with the founders of Einstein's Workshop and the developers of BlocksCAD as we declare victory at last. This reward level includes access to a BlocksCAD Boot Camp session at Einstein's Workshop in Burlington, MA, an invite for two to the Launch Party (estimated September 2015) and all the rewards listed in the $100 backer level (estimated delivery January 2015.) (Lodging and transportation not included; subject to scheduling availability)

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    Exclusive BlocksCAD VIP dinner! Help us celebrate our success. Back at this level to get a sneak-peek demo of BlocksCAD, and meet the founders and developers over dinner.

    This level includes dinner for two at an exclusive VIP gathering in Burlington, MA, a limited-edition "VIP Top Hat Blockhead" 3D printed model, an invitation for two to the BlocksCAD launch party, two BlocksCAD t-shirts, early access to the BlocksCAD software, the digital 3D Blockhead model download, your name in the credits, and backer-only updates. (Lodging and transportation not included)

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    At this level, we'll bring a 2-day BlocksCAD class to you anywhere in the Continental US!

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    Sponsor a School: Be a hero for your local school. We'll send one of our experts to train up to 12 teachers on the BlocksCAD software, donate a 3D printer, and train up to 3 staff members on its operation. Everything your school needs to get started in 3D printing! Hawaii, Alaska, and international backers, please contact us if you're interested in backing at this level.

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Funding period

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