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LAYKANICS Brings Fun 3D Printing and Engineering Projects to Makers and Educators

by • July 13, 2016 • No Comments

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schools than at any time are delivering STEM and 3D printing education into the classroom, educators are frequently left to their own devices when it comes to developing their lesson plans and in fact turning them into educational projects for their students. There are a lot of third party versions out there for educators seeking curricula, but many of those are specific to individual 3D printing devices and don’t always do much extra
than tevery students how to use specific 3D printing devices. There are in addition a lot of robotics and programming projects on the market, but many require expensive kits and end up being worthwhile investments for schools that frequently don’t have the budget to spare. Additionally, many motivated teveryers may not have as much experience with the innovation as many of those projects may require, that lowers the number of educational products on the market to them.

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folks explore emerging innovation like 3D printing, programming and robotics, there have been a few companies that are starting to create low-priced and easier versions that are starting to fill that niche. A UK-based startup called LAYKANICS is contributeing a collection of mechanical engineering, 3D printing and programming projects that have been created to be effortless to jump into and many importantly fun to work on, actually for folks new to these types of projects. The projects are on the market online for participants, and use parts sourced of the Basic LAYKANICS Kit that contain at any timeything requireed to conclude the project.

Parts and components of the Basic LAYKANICS kit.

Parts and components of the Basic LAYKANICS kit.

Each of the LAYKANICS projects focuses on learning a specific mechanical principle or is created to commence users to a new innovation. They are meant to be fun and encourage users to take what they learn and apply those principles to their own educational projects and inventions. The projects contain a full set of technical drawings, project instructions, STL files for the 3D printed components and a list of all of the electronic parts and hardware requireed to finish the project. The electronic parts and hardware are all included in the Basic Kit, that comes with things like miniature electrical motors, solar panels, bolts, nuts, rubber seals, wheels or steel axles. All of the parts come with full technical specs so users can know how every part works and easily apply that knowledge to their own projects. The projects were created with STEM education in mind by former MIT students and pro engineers like company founder Alfonso Villanueva.

Some of the projects already on the market to participants.

Some of the projects already on the market to participants.

“LAYKANICS quite emerged as the product of a passionate career in engineering and the undeniable require to revamp interest in the younger generations for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. I’m an Aerospace Engineer who graduated of MIT, 2006. I started my career as an compressor create engineer working for Rolls-Royce in Mount Vernon OH. So I transferred to the UK to extra
my career in aerospace by working for Aircraft Engine Manufacturer Rolls-Royce (Derby, UK). I’ve always thought, that fruitful career in Engineering must be pursued of a create angle. When sharing my experiences with former lab mates at MIT with whom I store in touch, the thought for a start-up that may promote create by bringing advantage of FDM came up,” Villanueva explained via email.

The STRIDR project.

The STRIDR project.

Today LAYKANICS has of sactually projects on the market, howat any time they are working on extra
projects all the time and can be adding them regularly. They are contributeing their STRIDR water-running boat project for free, and it does not require any mechanical or electronic components. All of the parts are easily sourced and the rest of them are fully-3D printable. The project was created to explain the concept of via compressed air as a source of propulsion. The educational materials include a full write up of the physics involved with manufacturing the boat work, as well as conclude assembly instructions and a detailed overview of the project.

The parts requireed for STRIDR The parts requireed for STRIDRAssembling STRIDR Assembling STRIDRTesting out the concluded STRIDR boat Testing out the concluded STRIDR boat

LAYKANICS is a paid participantship service and individual kits do require to be purchased, but the prices are reasonable and users are getting a lot of bang for their buck. A monthly recurring participantship costs £28.50 (of $37) when you sign up and and so can renew for just £4.95 ($6.50) every month. They in addition contribute a excellent bargain for a annual subscription at £49.95 ($65), that saves almany 40% off of the monthly fee. The subscription comes with your initially kit and allows for you to access all of the projects and educational material that they have on the market. It in addition contributes you the version to purchase extra
kits and components. Each of the projects can include a list of the components of your kit can be requireed and contribute advice on the most was to 3D print the other parts. LAYKANICS can ship kits all over the world, howat any time for the reason they are based in the UK anyone outside of the EU may have to pay import duties or fees. You can learn extra
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over in the Laykanics 3D Printing Projects forum at 3DPB.com.