Students at Highland Park Middle School have been working to add more tools to their makerspace and have recently added the Kid Friendly Table Saw. Inspired by similar projects online, a group of 8th graders took on the challenge by designing and building the table saw which will cut any material up to 3mm without any risk of injury.
The system consists of a drill and cutting attachment that is mounted to the underside of a table. Students measured and designed a mount that would accomplish the task using the website Tinkercad and then printed it out in the makerspace on a 3d printer. When asked what were some of the challenges that had to be overcome for the project one particular student stated that, “Tinkercad was a little challenging at first because we had never used it but after an hour or two of playing around with it, we were able to use it how we wanted to.”
The kid friendly table saw has already found its way into the school design lab and is being used to cut all sorts of materials from cardboard and paper to acrylic and plastic.
Video of the project made by the students involved coming soon!
The table saw has seen an upgrade with the engraved plaque, and castors for easy transport around the building.
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