As is often the case, something done in virtual reality is easier than in reality. Just as this “Ultimaker Assembly & Disassembly” video represents, a finished 3D printer can be taken apart and put back together in 25 seconds!
In this Ultimaker example, the newly created School Fab Lab Reality App (SFL VR App) allows a virtual hand to select the “Disassemble” button – and then the Ultimaker pieces separate into mid-air. The hand presses “Assemble” and the pieces float back into shape as before.
The School Fab Lab Virtual Reality App will shortly be available from the STEAM market for the HTC Vive. To receive updates, register HERE.
The Ultimaker machine in the SFL VR App is just like the ones found in School Fab Lab Makerspaces built at St. Joseph High School and Fontbonne Hall Academy, both in Brooklyn, New York. Students there are able to use the actual 3D printers to create items, of course – but the VR version takes things one step further. Students can see the machine from the inside out… Perhaps learn how to assemble a real one for themselves… And certainly, they might gain the knowledge and courage to make more complicated items in reality.
Other machines in the School Fab Lab Makerspace stations to experience on the SFL VR App include a Laser Cutter, a Drone, and the MakerBot 3D Printer.