Need some suggestions on Stop motion animation with 3D printing for kids STEAM courses design.

Hello guys! Haven't post any information on this forum for a long time. My name is Jet Z. and I worked both in Canada and China. I designed two packages of Stop motion animation kits for Chinese kids with software and camera, puppets, stage etc. They are used by thousands of schools in China now. 

With the new technologies like 3D printing and AR/VR getting much popular, I am thinking stop motion animation for kids is somewhat old fashion if not combing with these new stuffs, especially new feature movies are all involved with them. There are many schools both in Canada and China built the STEAM labs with 3D printing machines or pens, but one thing I noticed they are not fully used. Is it a chance for SMA to combine with these or anybody has some experience with it? 

I am thinking of 3D printing BS armature and series backdrops. Maybe with some changeable faces or head. Still thinking and need some suggestions. Thanks!

Here are some pics of my old kits.

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Congratulations on having such success with your kits!

Marc Spess at Animatedly.com has made some 3d printed armatures.  I think they have printed plastic parts, but not the joints, those are armature wire:   https://www.stopmotionstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&am...

And I think some other members have used 3d printing for faces, just like Laika did for ParaNorman and Boxtrolls.   Not as many faces, I think, but following in their footsteps. 

I don't know anything about 3d printers myself, but I think if a school has a 3d printer and is also doing stop motion, it makes a lot of sense to combine them.

I think that 3d printers would be most useful for creating props at the right scale. I am wanting to make an iron bedspread and a wrought iron gate, both of which would be fairly straightforward with a printer.

So maybe providing the software that enables a school to print off not just the components for an armature but also props around which a story can be developed. Once they have the basic elements, they just need to supply the imagination.

Very cute puppets, by the way!

Thank you guys! Marc's 3d printed armatures are great. I got the same idea just like his, but goes to kids. So the design maybe easier for kids to assemble from parts. 

The changeable face or head would be one of choice for kids. I will keep on with this project and will show the progress later. Thank you guys! 

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