Drawings to 3D-Prints for RMH

Belle is a 9-year old girl from China. She was in New York just in time to participate in our initiative

Belle is a 9-year old girl from China. She was in New York just in time to participate in our initiative

Over the summer, we worked with the Ronald McDonald House of New York City to make children's drawings come to life!

We visited the center and had a wholesome day meeting the children. We played, laughed, and drew pictures together.  After all the fun, we collected their works of art and took them to NYU Tandon’s Makerspace. There, we used the latest 3D-printing technology to transform the drawings into 3D statues.

To print the statues, the drawings, first, had to be converted into vector files, also known as “svg”.  By scanning the paper drawing onto a computer, we were then able to use an online converter to turn it into a vector file/svg. Using a software platform called Blender, our members extruded the svg, thus making a 3D-model or “stl" file. Lastly, we printed the stl file on precision Mojo 3D-printers.

These were Belle’s drawings and finished 3D-prints

These were Belle’s drawings and finished 3D-prints

Through this process, we were able to make more than 20 drawings come to life! To everyone's anticipation, the statues and works of art were unveiled at the Ronald McDonald House in mid-July. The kids couldn’t be more ecstatic with how the statues came out. They were truly, mesmerized by the capabilities of 3D-printing and modern software.

Thanks to NYU’s generous sponsorship we had accessibility to the software and 3D-printers that made this initiative possible.

 
The Connect with Tech team gathered to discuss the process for creating 3D-prints out of the drawings. Afterwards, we started making!

The Connect with Tech team gathered to discuss the process for creating 3D-prints out of the drawings. Afterwards, we started making!

The  works of art and the statues that go along with them were unveiled to all of the staff and residents of the Ronald McDonald Center!

The works of art and the statues that go along with them were unveiled to all of the staff and residents of the Ronald McDonald Center!