Motor Show Festival Runs an Amazing STEM project for Local Kids
The world was recently introduced to a new mascot– ‘Captain Brand New Drive’. McDonalds has Ronald MacDonald, Rice Krispies has Snap, Crackle and Pop, Planters Peanuts has Mr. Peanut and our Local Motor Show decided it needed one too!
The Drogheda Motor Weekender took place a few months ago and as well as profiling new cars in all the local dealerships it went one step further in creating a competition that really pushed the local primary schools to think outside the box! It was a real STEM project that involved 16 local schools who were asked to create their very own mascot. So as a result, the festival got ‘Captain Brand New Drive’!
This project was fun but certainly introduced the kids involved to many aspects of the design process from the actual design stage, prototype and final build. This project really supports creative thinking, collaborative work between students and a real intersection between design, art and technology – just the kind of stuff we like to talk about when encouraging the use of 3D printing in the classroom.
The first 3D prototype was a test so we took the actual entry form and coloured in our own design – this never gets old no matter how old you get!
To form the outline of the model a mannequin model was drawn in SolidWorks.
Then our design in 2D was projected onto this mannequin model using Mcor’s Orange Peel.
All 16 schools submitted their designs but because the standard was so high it was decided to include elements from every school in the final design. Then when the 16 designs were gathered together the actual costume design company, Bui bolg, sent us a sketch used for ideation. From that sketch we designed our model. Daz 3D software allowed us to pose a figurine and add the basic clothing items such as a shirt, trousers, boots and the bracelet. This was exported and opened in Photoshop where the colours of the clothing items were painted to achieve a result we were happy with.
We also added new geometries to create the licence plate belt, the wing mirror shoulders, the wheels on the knee and the traffic lights on the boots. These were all features of the combined design and can be seen here in our 3D printed prototype.
Then, we sent our final prototype to Bui Bolg for final production. Here it is –
I think the kids involved learned a lot from this process, seeing something go from 2D to 3D prototype to actual end product!
Some of these same practices may allow parents and children to become home designers using the iBus project, a project that Mcor is working on in conjunction the European Union. This project allows children to create their own toys using additive manufacturing. To read more about the iBUS project please visit http://h2020ibus.eu/.
This project has received funding from the [European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme][European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme][Euratom research and training programme 2014-2018] under grant agreement No