Turn Classic Sports Into Interactive 3D Games

As the weather cools, take classic games like soccer, football, and basketball to the next level with 3D designs you can enjoy indoors!

Many sports were meant to be played outdoors, but when the rain sets in or courts aren’t available, you can take the fun indoors. Create games with your 3D pen and get a few friends together to test their design skills. This week we’re exploring three classic sports!

Let the Games Begin: American Football

The game we currently refer to as football started as a mashup between soccer and rugby in the United States. The first football game was played as an intercollegiate sport between Rutgers and Princeton on November 6, 1869, in New Jersey. Teams at elite colleges and universities across New England took up the sport in the 1870s.

Walter Camp, known as the “father of American Football,” played halfback and served as the team captain for Yale as an undergraduate from 1876-1881. Camp’s position as captain enabled him to guide the game’s rules for the newly formed Intercollegiate Football Association (IFA). He instituted two significant changes. He did away with an opening “scrummage” and required that a team give up the ball if it failed to move down the field a certain number of yards or “downs” as we know them today. Camp added several other improvements, such as the 11-man team, the quarterback position, the line of scrimmage, and the scoring system.

In 1920, the American Professional Football Association was established, later known as the National Football League (NFL). Football remains one of the most popular sports in the United States.

Try out a tabletop version of the game with friends. It’s much easier to play and a fun way to pass the time. Now, you can create a version to play at home using your 3Doodler 3D printing pen.

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Credit: Wikipedia Commons, Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty, and The New York Times
  • 3D pen art: Black and white photo of Yale Bulldogs Football Team 1881 posing.
  • 3D pen art of 1930 World Cup goalie with crowd watching
  • Man & woman playing with basket in field - 3D pen art

One Game, Many Names: Football or Soccer

Football, or soccer, is the most popular game in the world based on the number of participants and spectators. Given the game’s simplicity, teams form quickly and play on everything from official playing fields (pitches) to gymnasiums, parks, playgrounds, streets, and even at the beach.

Modern football as we know it today traces its roots to Britain. It was there in the 19th century that independent schools took up the sport and attempted to codify the rules. Printed rules were distributed in 1863 by the newly formed Football Association. By 1877, 43 clubs were participating in a cup competition. National leagues in other countries started quickly and created their own cup competitions. In 1904, representatives from seven European countries gathered to establish the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Today, FIFA includes 211 member associations, making it larger than the United Nations. Member associations must accept FIFA’s authority, adhere to its laws, and provide the infrastructure to support the sport. The World Cup, FIFA’s premier month-long tournament, will take place in Qatar, with 32 countries competing from November 20 to December 18, 2022.

While watching the World Cup matches, doodle your own soccer ball. Go with the more traditional black and white, or mix it up with color combinations of your design.

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From Peach Baskets to Global Sport: Basketball

Basketball is the only widely recognized sport with American origins. In the winter of 1891, a classic New England storm was brewing and James Naismith was looking for ways to keep his students busy indoors.

As a 31-year-old graduate student and physical education teacher, Naismith was teaching at International YMCA Training School or Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He wanted to create a game that could be played indoors with many players and offer plenty of exercise. He approached a school janitor to get two boxes. Instead, he got two peach baskets. Undaunted, he quickly nailed the peach baskets to either side of the gymnasium balcony. The students played on teams attempting to get the ball in the other team’s basket. The first game ended in a brawl, but students were so taken with the new sport that Naismith continued refining the rules.

Fast forward to 1946, when Boston Garden owner Walter Brown saw an opportunity to host basketball games at ice hockey arenas. As a result, Brown established the Basketball Association of America, which would later merge with the National Basketball League to create the National Basketball Association (NBA). Today, the NBA is a global organization with a presence in 215 countries and territories.

Gather friends and craft a basketball in 3D with our easy-to-follow stencil and tips. It’s a fun and creative way to honor the sport and celebrate the history of basketball.

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It’s game time! Create one or all and celebrate sports with 3Doodler. Share your designs with us @3Doodler.

Build Critical Thinking Skills Around Native American Heritage Month

The month of November recognizes Native American Heritage Month in the United States. It’s an opportunity to acknowledge the many contributions Native Americans made to the nation and celebrate their rich heritage.

Connections to the Land

In fact, there are over 570 federally recognized tribes with more than 5 million members. Each tribe has their own culture, celebrates their own traditions, and come from across the United States. In fact, all public land today was once tribal land.

There are a number of public lands, as noted by the Department of the Interior, with powerful Native American connections. The areas are vast and beautiful with fascinating stories to explore. The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail crosses through several states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee and marks the forced removal of five southern tribes. Approximately 100,000 Native Americans were forcibly removed from their homelands over a span of 20 years. Meanwhile, strikingly beautiful locations like Bryce Canyon in Utah and Crow Canyon in New Mexico reveal a rich heritage of storytelling and Navajo petroglyphs or carved rock art.

Images of Crow Canyon and Trail of Tears courtesy of Bureau of Land Management
  • BryceCanyon: Stunning 3D pen art of a canyon with large rock formation.
  • 3Doodler art: Man & woman in CrowCanyon BLM rock drawing
  • Forest trail with people - 3D pen art

There are many more geographic locations to explore that feature Native American heritage and unique opportunities to incorporate these lessons in the classroom.

Explore Culture & Traditions in the Classroom

The National Museum of the American Indian provides a number of resources and lessons to support classroom instruction. The lessons explore a range of subjects from relationships with animals and food to dwellings and clothing.

The 3Doodler educator community shared lessons to deepen understanding of the land and geography for students in grades 3-8. Each lesson could be modified for a particular location and expanded upon as needed. Students will no doubt be excited to learn new concepts about our connection to the land while using a 3D pen to express ideas.

Grade 3-5: 3D Geography My Land

Explore geography and add vocabulary with a lesson in landforms! Students will use their knowledge of landforms to create a map with a compass rose and key. The map will include at least one 3D landform, made with the 3Doodler pen. This lesson offers flexibility to tailor learning to a particular geographic region.

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Grade 6-8: The Symbol of My Nation

This unique lesson presents an opportunity for students to learn about Native Americans in their community and create a meaningful symbol to represent the group that they research. The lesson is written to focus on Wisconsin-native First Nation group, but could be altered for any geographic location. Students will showcase their symbol as part of their classroom presentation.

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We would like to know how you acknowledge this important month in your classroom. Share your ideas with us @3Doodler.

Driven to Design with PRO+

Since it first hit the market, the 3Doodler PRO+ has been the go-to 3D pen for professional creators everywhere. The pen’s extraordinary features ensure that artists, designers, and architects have precise control and enhanced comfort while working in 3D.

3D pen and book inside Pro Box for 3D pen designs.

The sleek and stylish design of the PRO+ ensures that it sits comfortably in the hand for hours of use. And an easy-to-read digital control panel offers custom temperature and speed settings.

Explore some of the unique aspects of this best-in-class 3D pen and see why creators will be sure to have the 3Doodler PRO+ on their wish list!

Simply The Best 3D Pen

  • Creative 3D pen art with light bulb on table - Slider Pro
  • Table 3d pen art: Light bulb design
  • Decorative ball with lit candle: Pro Slider 3D pen art.

Artists and tech enthusiasts agree that the 3Doodler PRO+ is the most versatile 3D pen available today. Comfort, style, and precision are just a few of the unique features of the pen. Additionally, designers can explore a range of materials — copper, bronze, wood, and nylon along with PLA and ABS plastics.

With a set of 6 interchangeable nozzles, creators have a range of finishes to explore. Unlike a 3D printer, the 3Doodler PRO+ offers maximum flexibility in the palm of your hand to take creative concepts further than ever before.

"The PRO pen is most useful when integrating finer details into a sketch model and visualizing how the design could fit into a landscape or general architectural setting."-Wendy Fok, Creative Director Share

Simple Solutions to Everyday Problems

Beyond creative application, the 3Doodler PRO+ is also a handy household tool. Imagine designing your own quick fix to an everyday issue around the house without complicated technology and heavy tools. Now you can with the push of a button. The 3Doodler PRO+ solves various everyday problems with a selection of finishes from wood, metal, or plastic.

As noted in a review by Engadget, the 3Doodler PRO+ speeds up the creative process and enables work that wasn’t even an option before. Experience creative freedom in the palm of your hand and bring ideas to life in a fraction of the time.

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