Tomorrow is the SASTA (South Australian Science Teachers Association) Conference. We have booked an exhibition space there and we are hoping to meet over 100 South Australian science teachers. This is our first real promotional event. We are ready. We hope to convince teachers that phones make great labs. Here’s a peek preview.
We have been working quietly on replacing old world lab equipment with our own 3D printed ones which can then be freely distributed with our apps.
It is early days in 3D Printing
Despite being overtaken by hype, 3D printing holds great promise for PhoneLabs, as it will allow students and teachers to create and customise lab equipment relatively cheaply and easily. But 3D printed parts are a bit fragile without the structural and material qualities of mass produced manufactured items. We, therefore, use 3D printed parts primarily from stainless steel, wooden rulers and 8 mm steel rods and iterated our designs a number of times. They seem to work well. We will soon make these parts downloadable from our site and you will then be able to use them to do the majority of your physics lab experiments.
Those who grew up playing with Meccano sets will get this name. Too bad for the rest, – especially those who were born too late in the consumer world to experience the skills that created it.
Our 3D Printed Lab kit uses a variety of simple components consisting of rulers (wood and metal), 8mm rods and G clamps, bits of Velcro and string. We like to keep it that way – limited! As a result, they can be combined with the unlimited capabilities of mobile devices – they do the clever things.