How to 3D Print a file from Thingiverse

Here’s a quick, basic step by step on how to use a Thingiverse or other 3D Print file websites with your Tinkerine 3D Printer. Check out Tinkerine U for more advanced tutorials and lesson plans. There are other ways of doing this but this one works for me.

Download Tinkerine Suite software onto your laptop or PC. If you are using a School District computer you will need put in a request to have the program installed. This is called ‘Slicing Software’. Slicing takes a 3D drawing and translates the model into individual layers. It generates the code that the printer will use for printing. You will also need a Memory Card (like from a camera) and a Memory Card Reader. Any brand of this:Select your simple design from the 3D file website. Here’s a pencil holder that turned out well for us. When selecting, take a look at how many times it has been successfully made and check out the comments.

Click on the Thing Files tab. Rather than ‘Download All Files’, look at the list and click on the one you want. You need the file name with .stl at the end. Some designs have multiple pieces. You can choose to download them all at once or individually. Downloading all at once can create a very full printer bed (the plate where the printer actually prints the model). If you are new to printing, try one piece first – the level of the bed may need to be adjusted in height. It has to be just right.The .stl file will show up in your downloads folder. Open up the Tinkerine Suite software. Import the .stl file using the plus sign at the top or drag in the file from Downloads.

You can click and drag on the circular lines to move your model around and see it from all angels. If you do this, click Lay Flat  on the bottom right so that the model is flat on the bottom of the grid. The models are not printed as a solid. That would take way too long to print and is not necessary as the material is very strong. Choose sparse, dense or hollow density. Depending on the design, hollow may fall in on itself as it prints. Go with sparse. Choose high, medium or low resolution. Medium or low is fine. Use level 2  for the wall – the thickness of the shell. For a simple model the supports are turned off. If you have a model with an overhanging piece you can print little strings of supports that hold the part up during printing. These are then broken off or sanded down after the print as they are not part of the model.

Notice how this model is gray. It is too big for the print bed. Adjust the size using the Scale on the bottom. It will turn green when it is scaled down to fit. Clicking outside of the model will hide the tools.

Click Slice in the top right corner. The print time will display on the bottom left. Insert your memory card into your computer. Click Save For Print.

Save it to the Sd Memory Card. You can then use this card in the reader slot on your 3D Printer and you are ready to print.


MightyGirls, MakerEd and Literacy: Too Tall Houses

Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

Students combined  a fun story and a Maker project designed to encourage Social Emotional Learning and Grade 5 / 6 classes began to make connections with their #MightyGirl.

Students created by working as a group, including everyone’s ideas, sharing and completing the task in a designated amount of time. The challenge was to design a ‘Too Tall House’. Check out all of these focused makers.

Here’s a list of the diverse group of MightyGirls we will be focusing on. Students labelled their doll with their name and division to help keep track of the project.

After our research we will be making clothes for our dolls. Any donations of fabric scraps, sewing needles or thread from the community would be greatly appreciated. Many Thanks.




A Learning Community

We began the leap from a traditional library model to a library learning commons in September 2012. Here’s a top 10 list of some of the most striking benefits of a Learning Commons that we have observed:

1. Physical  LC: The space is open and inviting with no divisive stacks. There is space to create, to read, to build and to collaborate. Check out our transformation here.

2. Virtual LC: We use social media and digital student portfolios to share work and maintain a website that directs staff and students to the virtual learning commons. Continue reading A Learning Community

Gathering S.T.E.A.M

This week in the Learning Commons, students got creative by blending Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

img_5123Some classes learned about Binary Code. Binary Code represents computer data using any two-symbol system, often 0 and 1. It is the language of computers. Students used guides to create strings of beads that show their initials in binary code. I used Perler Beads for this science and technology activity as these beads are easy to thread, create a ‘tube’ of code and are inexpensive to purchase.

Continue reading Gathering S.T.E.A.M

Creating a Gender Inclusive School

Here are some of our collection’s great resources supporting Love is Love: Creating a gender inclusive school and celebrating diverse families.
Also check out the TeachBC Resource. The Gender Spectrum: What Educators Need to Know by Glen Hansman
Here are a few of our favourites…
Red is miserable. He just can’t be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He’s blue! This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone.

Continue reading Creating a Gender Inclusive School

Celebrating Diwali

Cross-curricular explorations and building connections during Diwali. Useful links to information, activities and videos to help your class celebrate the Festival of Lights. Diwali in 2017 is on Thursday, October 19, 2017 and will continue to Monday, October 23, 2017.

STEM ideas and activities which can be linked to Diwali including: investigating shadows, creating shadow puppets, using spectroscopes and colour wheels to study light and colour, exploring electrical circuits and making lava lamps.



A rangoli is a colourful design made on the floor near the entrance to a house to welcome guests. At Diwali, people draw bright Rangoli patterns to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes.

Group Chalk and Sand Project. Social Emotional Learning – cooperation, planning, inclusion, critical thinking. Continue reading Celebrating Diwali

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