SparkTruck: A “Bookmobile” The Brings Rapid Prototyping to School Kids
The truck contains two 3-D printers, a laser cutter, sewing machines, and a clay over - and its meant to foster a new generation of makers.
SparkTruck is like a bookmobile for makers. Funded by Kickstarters and staffed by students from Stanford, it’s covering 13,000 miles over the next six weeks to bring creative crafting to kids around the US. And whereas most schools are fighting for funding for core materials like paper and pencils, SparkTruck is loaded to the brim with rapid prototyping equipment used by engineering and design houses.
“The ‘high-tech’ tools we have in the truck are a laser cutter, two 3-D printers, a vinyl cutter, sewing machines and a clay oven. We also have a wide assortment of ‘low tech’ tools such as hammers, scissors, hot glue guns, tape, and various craft supplies,” explains coordinator Jason Chua. “We use these tools in tandem with one another—the high-tech tools like the laser cutter and vinyl cutter get people excited and allow them to create more durable final products and low-tech tools allow for more freedom of expression and hands on tinkering.”
Yesterday I went to New Designers at Business Design Centre http://www.newdesigners.com and saw lots of exciting work. This one caught my attention especially, its an electric bike with a rechargeable battery + 3D printed parts which allow each bike to be easily customised to individual sizes/needs. See more here: jamiefairclough.com