The BBC today unveiled the BBC micro:bit– a pocket-sized, code-able computer that allows children to get creative with technology. Made possible through a major partnership with 28 organisations, up to 1 million micro:bits will be given to every 11 or 12 year old child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK, for free. MyMiniFactory is one of the 28 organisations involved in the micro:bit initiative.
MyMiniFactory will be showcasing how 3D printing and open source design can be used to create objects that can be combined with the micro:bit to innovate and make new products. We will be hosting versions of a case for the micro:bit on our platform that students will be able to print themselves in the classroom. We will also be hosting competitions and campaigns encouraging school kids to engage with CAD software and 3D printing. You can download some of the first versions of the cases and clips here.
The micro:bit Clip. This clip was designed support free for schools to 3D print in their class rooms. This is the fully open clip for the micro:bit computer chip and battery that the BBC will giving to schools around the UK.
With a print time under 30 minutes, schools will be able to load multiple STL's to a build plate and print them out in batches.