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Need Some Distance Learning Ideas for COVID-19?

Here’s a short list of some of the things that you could do in CIM class with your kiddos while trying out distance learning. All will require a computer (That’s what the C in “CIM” stands for!) and some will require software downloaded… but feel free to change them around to fit your needs!

Research Project: Assign students to build a brochure, via google docs to make a brochure on a manufacturing process. Have them find a link to an interesting video on a process, watch it, and then add it to their brochure. Go HERE for the activity with a downloadable template. Go HERE for some exemplars.

Here’s an example of one of the brochures made with the template

Robotics Programming: Just got off the phone with Intellitek, and they said to go HERE to download the PLTW version of the software, and you have the free trial version. Even better is that if you give your students the key from your school district, they can unlock the full version at home. This is legit, and Intelitek said I could share this method via phone support. It will only work with this version! Wait! It gets better! Go HERE to get video tutorials for a lot of the Robocell projects!

Fusion Basics: Students can do some 3D modeling using fusion if they sign up in the autodesk student community. All of my students already have an account, then they log into their 360 account and use Fusion 360 in their browser! Kinda slow, so if you can download it, even better! The post HERE has downloadable worksheets and electronic hand ins for you and the students and a full set of videos to accompany them.

Advanced 3D modeling: Use your favorite software (Inventor/Fusion 360 was used for this activity) to complete these advanced models. The post HERE has downloadable worksheets and electronic hand ins for you and the students so that you can evaluate them from afar.

This would be another activity that you might be able to use as a distance learning project during the COVID-19 outbreak as well.

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Advanced CAD Modeling & Mfg Math Activity

Worksheet with DimensionsElectronic Hand-in Document

In this activity, students can download the worksheet with the dimensions and directions, and use them to build the METRIC models in your favorite 3D modeling software.

Here’s an example from the worksheet download.

When they have built all the METRIC parts in 3D Modeling software, they can download the electronic hand in document, paste snips into it for you, the teacher, to check and hand in electronically.

Here’s an example of the type of math required for one of the parts.

The Hand-in document also has manufacturing math related questions in the conclusion section to answer that deal with all of the parts that they have manufactured.

You as the teacher can decide which models your students have to do and/or which math questions they have to answer. Math teachers will love you for reinforcing their material and science teachers will too; there’s some science concepts in there too!

Sorry… we do not have the answer key available for the activity…. yet….. teachers can cntact us…

This would be another activity that you might be able to use as a distance learning project during the COVID-19 outbreak as well.

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How to hold material in the xsTECH

What’s the best way to hold _____________ in my xsTECH router? From strap clamps to double sided tape, we have it all! Learn how to hold everything including circuit boards, flat stock, and blocks in this video.

Can you believe that you can use strap clamps, sticky tape, and all kinds of ways to hold stuff down… sometimes a little ingenuity helps as well. The strap clamps it comes with are pretty cool too, but they won’t hold down everything.

Have a great way of holding something down? Let us know!

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Will a vice fit in an xsTECH?

Answer:

That’s a fair question. When trying to come up with an aswer though, you’ll have to do a bit of research, as it will depend on what you’re machining. Also, there are many different one’s out there.

Luckily Jim did some research for us… maybe this video will help guide you to an aswer.

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