I’ve done my share of homework on 3D printing but I have yet to actually own any kind of 3D printed object. In 3-4 weeks that will change thanks to the Made with Code website by Google.
Among other projects on the Made with Code website is a project to create a free 3D printed bracelet. Yes, it really is free—even the shipping. But there is a slight catch. You have to “make it with code”. I made a green bracelet with the word “NOOBIE” on it.
It’s not nearly as difficult as it sounds. You just drag and drop a few objects on the screen. There are even floating on-screen tips to guide you each step of the way.
Why is Google giving away free bracelets?
You may be wondering why Google is doing this. Well, it’s part of their initiative to get more girls interested in coding (writing computer code). In Google’s words, they are trying to “champion creativity, girls, and code, all at once” and “inspire girls by celebrating women and girls who are using code to do great things”.
Ok, so clearly I’m not a girl. I just wanted to hold my own 3D printed object in my hand. Once the thrill wears off and I can check it off my tech to-do list, I’ll probably give the bracelet away to a young girl or teach other girls how they can make their own. That’s the whole idea here anyway, right?
If you know a girl who might like to make their own free 3D printed bracelet, have her visit www.madewithcode.com/project/bracelet.