Your chance to WIN a 3D printer………
REACH charity is running a competition for one lucky REACH child to win a brand-new 3D printer together with plastic filament in an assortment of colours. Everything that’s needed to print hands with movable digits.
The 3D printer is a Creality Ender 3 which has proven, well-respected performance, there are many good reviews on this printer on YouTube like this one: youtu.be/a8Z-9ncYsps.
The Creality Ender 3 printer
Assorted colours of filament
The prize has been donated by Andrew Downing.
Andrew tells us his motivations for offering this wonderful prize.
As an Electronics & Software Engineer and innovator I’ve had a long-term interest in Artificial Intelligence and robotics. A BBC science documentary caused me to Google “self-replicating machines”, amongst the hits was a project at the University of Bath called “RepRap”. I bought one of their kits and built a “Mendel”, my first 3D-printer, a device that melts (PLA) plastic and lays out a thin filament of plastic in a 2D shape, duplicate layers creates a 3D object.
I’d print things such as a miniature of Rodin’s sculpture “The Thinker” or a keyring, visiting family and friends would get one (whether they wanted it or not!). After a while I began to wonder what I could print that was of some practical use to give back to the community.
More Googling and I found the E-Nable global charity specialising in 3D-printing low-cost hands with moveable digits. After building a sample hand, in order to get accredited as an E-Nable manufacturer, I showed it at a Tavistock & District Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast – the Chair asked how long I’d been involved with REACH – who/what? Half an hour later I was introducing myself to Jo, Abby & Kate.
For many years, I’d been tutoring my kids, one of whom was extremely dyslexic, which was very satisfying and immensely rewarding. Now my kids have been through Uni and got jobs, I’ve become a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Ambassador.
On innovation, I believe that those who will benefit are better motivated to invent. Bringing those threads together with serendipity (the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way) led me to suggest offering a 3D-printer as a prize at this year’s REACH Family Weekend, for the contenders to be REACH children who are motivated to invent new and wonderful things, and who knows maybe to become one of tomorrow’s Engineers.
NB The Creality Ender 3 has similar printing capabilities to the one shown