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.
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 HEREhas 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.
After doing an expensive LED light up sign project last year (with a grant) with my CIM students, I was
looking for a low cost alternative. In comes Scott Tobias, new CIM master teacher from Maryland. Thanks Scott for the great idea! You can make these signs for less than $3.00 apiece, depending on what you make the base out of. We 3D printed them at UK with an Affinia printer, as they were prototypes, but they could easily be CNC’d from Wax, Wood, or Renshape.
The resistors are $0.05, the cable about $1.50 per end (cut the cable in half to make two!) and the LED’s about $0.50 each. That means the guts are only about $2.00 each! Great deal, and your students will love how the LED’s fade through all the colors of the rainbow, and you will love how it does it automatically, because it is built into the chip! NO PROGRAMMING or COSTLY MICROCONTROLLERS. Thanks AdaFruit! Video of how it works HERE.
Build the base. CNC or 3D print. Try to make sure that the LED comes in contact with the acrylic sign. Please see the enclosed Inventor Section view file for the dimensions and constraints. Also be sure to leave room in the base for all of the electronics.
Design and build the sign. The more angles the better, as it will show off the light. Be sure to take into account the tolerance fit between the slot and the plastic. MEASURE the acrylic. It is NEVER really 0.125″!
When engraving the sign, the deeper the engraving, the better it looks. Invert the text and print on the back!
Assemble the parts. Sign into base, wire through side, Hot glue the led into slot, THEN solder!
Solder the cathode, short leg of LED, to the 68Ω resistor.
Solder the resistor to the BLACK wire of the USB cable.
Solder the RED wire to the other side of the LED. Do NOT solder the green or white wires; do not even strip them!
When soldering, you could use heat shrink tube to prevent short circuits.
Insert the cover into the base. We cut the cover out of the same acrylic we made the sign out of, and just made it 0.005″ bigger in Inventor, and pressed it in. The hole in the bottom is there to pry it out if necessary.
I can’t seem to get EdgeCAM or your Flow Arm to work, or any of the other CIM Software for that matter. What should I do?
Well, don’t cry; that doesn’t work. I’ve tried it. Screaming and yelling does not seem to work either. So here’s an idea:
Download the following Chris and Jim coloring pages! That’s right! PDF coloring pages of yours truly! Download and make as many copies as you want, and have your kids color them in with crayons or markers or colored pencils; the options are endless!
Just click on the pictures below to download us! Don’t say we didn’t give you anything for Christmas!
This is a picture of me at CalPoly whilemountain biking at Puddingstone reservoir!This is a picture of Jim when he came out to Cazenovia last Spring to do the Lynx Robotics update!
What vocabulary is necessary to be successful in CIM, wether as a student or teacher; in the classroom or at CTI?
Great question, as many studies have shown that a strength in vocabulary leads to success in ALL areas, and this includes CIM and manufacturing education.
Click HERE to get the list as a PDf download.
Below is a list to get started.