Here’s a really cute in-house project from Brooklyn based digital agency HUGE that gave me fond memories of Nerdy Derby at Maker Faire New York last year — combining pinewood derby with 3D modeling and 3D printing.
From a preliminary launch post at 3Derby.com:
A 3D printer recently landed in the Huge offices (the Makerbot Replicator 2). Everyone is excited about the concept of printing objects, however modeling things can be intimidating. Fortunately there are a lot of tools which make this a lot easier.
To prove how accessible this new technology is, we decided it would be fun to hold a contest. The easiest way to get started was to take inspiration from the Cub Scouts. One of the projects they do is a Pinewood Derby.
With a Pinewood derby you start with a pine block with holes drilled into the block. The scout will then shape the wood with tools and then paint it. Once detailed, the wheels get added. They are just plastic wheels that you hammer into the wood. The end goal is a stylish and fast car that gets raced down a sloped track.
In our case, instead of starting with a pine block, we created a 3D model which could be used as a base. People would then use Tinkercad.com to adjust the model by adding and subtracting.