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    Project ideas

    Didn't know where to put this so if it's in the wrong place my apologies

    The background info. I started teaching a new class for my school this year. It's a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) class. As with most schools funds are tight. I've already filled out four grants trying to get things for my classes. The kids have been pumped so far and I'm having more fun teaching than I've had in years.

    Inventables is running a contest where they are giving away a CNC to one school in every state. The contest consists of three rounds. I made it through the first round. The second round I have to come up with a project. "Use Easel, our free 3D carving software (www.easel.com) to draft at least 1 example project". Here's where I'm stumped. I've got a grand total of 0 amount of time on a CNC. Any ideas of a basic, beginner type project?

    Thanks so much!

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    Start with something easy, like a coaster or a small sign. Nothing too fancy, just a basic sort of thing.
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    No ideas, but kudos to you for teaching the STEM class

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    I'm thinking the layered sign would be a killer project? A little more complicated than a regular sign, but that might make it a winner.

    Maybe a simple sign engraved halfway into plexi where you have an led light strip on the bottom?
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    Thanks guys. I went with a simple sign and some gears that will be incorporated into a mousetrap car as the transmission.

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    Easel is NOT 3D software, so keep that in mind. At its best, it's a clunky substitute for real design and CAM software. There's plenty of discussion about that on the Inventables forum. That being said, one can produce some nice results with Easel. Follow the rules, do what you can and hope for the best.
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    Really like the idea of making gears for a mousetrap powered car, You'll need to post some pictures of that if it comes to fruition!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Arnold View Post
    Easel is NOT 3D software, so keep that in mind. At its best, it's a clunky substitute for real design and CAM software. There's plenty of discussion about that on the Inventables forum. That being said, one can produce some nice results with Easel. Follow the rules, do what you can and hope for the best.
    Kind of got that idea after messing with it for a couple of days Bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Really like the idea of making gears for a mousetrap powered car, You'll need to post some pictures of that if it comes to fruition!
    Will do Brent.

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    What about a girligig? or a trebuchet or catapult? Those would be fun too.
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