Summary from Student Questionnaire
|What factors influenced students while working on their artwork?||What problems did you face while working on your artwork?||If you were to begin this project again, what changes would you make in creating your artwork?||What tips or advice would you offer to others who are experimenting with a 3D printer for the first time?|
|Short time period to work on artwork and learn the 3D printer||First time using a 3D printer; nervous with using it||Need less freedom; more instruction – need guidance||Research 3D printing|
|Research and brainstorming 3D printed objects||3D printer would not print at times; filament was stuck||Time to learn software||Become familiar with software|
|Peer and teacher help||Objects taking a long time to print||Time to learn 3D printer||It takes a long time to print…be patient|
|Not knowing the software||Too much freedom; too many options||Factor in how long it takes to print on the 3D printer||Give guidance|
|3D printing takes time||Not knowing what to print||Research 3D printing more||Smaller group of students|
|Did not have a clear understanding of how to incorporate a 3D object into artwork||Waiting for help||Start with a small concept||Sign-up to print|
Comments from students:
- “Project was intimidating at first. I am not the biggest fan of being given so much freedom in a project. I prefer a guideline to tell me what is expected for the project. So, it took me a while to get past having complete creative freedom. Once I got past that, I realized my options were endless and it was a lot of fun to figure it all out.” – Sally
- “I really doubted myself at first. When I am given a lot of freedom in my designs or artwork, I tend to overthink things and not know where to begin and struggle to think of ideas. I doubted I could create a piece I could be proud of. I expected it to look like a bunch of random things but it is actually something I am proud of. I am now more confident in my abilities and style.” – Tiffany
- “This project enhanced my thinking about creating art. This project allowed me to use a 3D printer for the first time. I had no idea anyone could Print Text. A whole new world of art was opened for me when I found that out. The 3D printed text allowed me to efficiently get my point across to the viewer.” -Kelly
Some similarities I noticed from the chart:
- Need resources
- Need time to learn software and printer
- 3D printing takes time
- Need guidance; less freedom
Things I observed…
- Change filament myself.
- 3D printing can be overwhelming for the instructor as well as for students, especially with a large class.
- Some students were impatient because it took too long for me to assist them…instructor really need an assistant to help with a project like this.
- Some students were impatient with the wait time while I prepped their work.
- Some students were impatient with the wait time to use the 3D printer.
- Monitor students at all times with the 3D printer.
- Students like to be told what to do…they do not like open-ended projects.
- Females were more scared than males to work individually. I felt that I needed to hold their hands; they wanted my attention the entire time.
- Students worked together and bounced off ideas.
- Females enjoyed receiving feedback from classmates.
- Since students were not familiar with Sketchup or Makerware, I had to prep all files for print.
- Be patient…learning process for students as well as the instructor.
- Do not assume students know the software…I assumed they all knew Adobe Illustrator since they had previous Adobe Illustrator classes.
- Gradually introduce 3D printing to students. Gradually introduce the software. Students learn at different pace; they all will not grasp it the first time around.