Lesson 9 – 3D Designs & Prints for Makeblock mBot

3D Modelling & Printing for Makeblock mBot

This section provides links to 3D models (STL files) which can be 3D printed for use with the Makeblock mBot STEM Education robots.

  1. RoboSumo blades by Myzhar@Thingiverse
  2. SumoBot bulldozer blade by chuckmcknight@Thingiverse
  3. mBot bumper by Kreativadelar@Thingiverse
  4. mBot accessories – I by _ersatz_@Thingiverse
  5. mBot accessories – II by _ersatz_@Thingiverse
  6. mBot accessories – III by _ersatz_@Thingiverse
  7. 3D printed moustache by hilalgungor@Thingiverse

Here’s all items at Thingiverse that are tagged mBot.

Here’s the steps you will need to follow to modify/build upon the 3D models you download from Thingiverse –

  1. Download the files from the Thingiverse link provided above
  2. Unzip the file you’ve just downloaded from Thingiverse
  3. Head over to the Tinkercad website, create an account and login
  4. Using the “Import” feature on Tinkercad, import the STL (*.STL) file you’ve just downloaded
  5. Modify the design to your hearts content, finalize the design and then save it
  6. Open the STL design in your preferred slicer software e.g. Cura, slice the model and save it on a USB stick for purposes of 3D printing

Happy hacking!!!

What is TinkerCADAutodesk’s Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It’s used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything! Tinkercad could be used in numerous ways, from creating designs based on a scientific concept to being featured in a unit or class on 3D design and printing.

Autodesk’s Tinkercad is one of the most popular classroom tools for creating simple designs from scratch, quickly modifying existing designs. It’s a free online 3D design program that you can use in your web browser without downloading any software. Tinkercad is extremely intuitive and easy to use, and has built-in Lessons to help you learn the ropes, making it perfect for beginners both young and old.

Basic models such as name tags, furniture, houses, snowmen, vases, keychains, and cups are easy to create quickly with Tinkercad. Design by selecting, dragging, and placing basic shapes and then combining and manipulating them to create 3D models of whatever you like. Custom Shape Scripts add more flexible tools like text, shape generators, and parametrized forms. If you make your designs public then other people can open their own copies of your models and Tinker with them; likewise, you can Search through thousands of public models to find desings to Tinker with and modify.

As part of this development track you will learn the basics 3D modelling using Autodesk’s Tinkercad.