YouMagine collections for your classroom

You and your students do amazing work, now show it off to the world! Or, collect the work of others for inspiration and class resources. Educators can use YouMagine collections to feature their own work and the projects done by their students and schools. For example, YouMagine collections provide an easy way to make and share portfolios of student work, collect course materials, or create records of your courses or projects.

Creating collections for print-lab tools

What do you use to test or calibrate your classroom printers? Create a collection of the models you use to fine-tune your machines. This is especially useful for sharing with teaching assistants, student helpers, or IT staff (or yourself!) who help to maintain the 3D printers in your classroom. You could also include sliced G-code for testing or PDFs for safety protocols and lab usage guidelines in the collection.

For example, the Calibration Tools collection by Paulo Rodrigues has many useful prints you could use to measure your printer’s performance. Build your own collection to gather the calibration prints you want to keep using to test your machines.

Calibration Tools

Using a collection for lesson planning

Create collections as you’re thinking about how you will use 3D printing in your classes next semester. What might be handy to print in your classroom or to have on hand for your students? Collect other educators’ models from YouMagine, or upload and organize your own designs and models.

For example, you could create a general education collection like the Education collection by 3Dkanjers:


Or, if you had a class on games and 3D printing, you might want to collect 3D designs that inspire your lesson plans for that course, such as the For Kids (Gaming, Educational):


Curating a collection to share inspiration and examples

You could also use collections to inspire, encourage, and inform your students, by showing them the work that others have already done.

For example, if one of your assignments asks students to design a 3D-printable object that has a practical use in their lives, you might show them some examples of what problems other people have solved with 3D printing, like with the Useful Tools collection by Daavalon:

Useful Tools

Or, for classes in the medical field such as nursing or accessibility design, show your students some of the things that are possible by collecting items like the ones in the Medical collection by The Once Future Man. Students could start with these designs, remix them to make ones specific to their needs or an assignment, or use them for inspiration or for developing an understanding for the broad range of models that they could potentially design themselves.

Medical tools

Or, if you were using 3D printing as part of a course in photography, and asking students to create modifications and accessories for their camera equipment, you could show them some examples of existing solutions that they could use as starting points, like in this. Photography collection by Curt:


Collecting designs in a project archive

When your class is done with a project, how do you record what you’ve done?  If parents, administrators, or other teachers want to see the results of your class project, then you can make a collection to archive all your students’ designs.

For example, this Saint Ann’s Gumball Challenge collection was created to share the designs they used as part of the Ultimaker Gumball Capsule Challenge at Maker Faire Bay Area last spring:

Saint Ann's

Creating a class history collection

Share all your students’ work for a class or assignment in one place by using a collection. You can either have students send files and descriptions to you for uploading, or share an account and password with the entire class so they can upload their own. Or, if you have TA’s or summer research students, they can help you upload your content so that you have a history of what your students accomplished in previous semesters.

For example, if you ran a robotics class in which your students created 3D printed housings, accessories, and parts, then you could collect all those designs in one place so that you could use them as a starting point in a future class, or show parents and administrators how you have been using 3D printing in class.  If you did this then you might end up with something like Alison Hapka’s Robotics Class collection:

Alison Hapka’s Robotics Class

Using a collection to journal events

Collections are just groups of designs from YouMagine; feel free to get creative in how you use them. Maybe you attended a series of conferences and made models to give away at each one. Or, maybe your school hosts sidewalk sales each month where your class sells 3D-printed models. Keep track of the designs for each event with a collection.

For example, check out the MakerGirl Goes Mobile collection, where they share the designs that participants created at each stop of their nationwide 3D-printing workshop tour. Note that in this case each design is actually a city, which contains multiple student designs at once.


Collecting design work in a student portfolio

If part of your course requirements are that students share their design work in a portfolio, then YouMagine collections provides a beautiful way for your students to organize their work. Have students display all their final projects so that future schools and employers can see their talent, or ask students to show all the iteration stages they went through when designing a complex piece for their final project.

For example, consider the Vases collection by Lina & Thomas, of some of David Mussaffi’s beautiful design work. Although this isn’t itself a student collection, it highlights how a collection can be assembled to effectively feature a body of work. Imagine a student showing being able to include a portfolio like this with a college application or job resume!


Step-by-step guide to creating your own collections

You can use YouMagine collections to create groups of your own design models, or to group together models made by other designers, or both. Here’s a detailed guide to help you or your students learn how to create your own collections.

1. Sign into your YouMagine account at (Create an account if you don’t have one yet.)

2. Navigate to a design that you want to collect. The design can be something that you uploaded, or it can be someone else’s design. Note that a “design” could be many things; for example, you can include PDFs and many other file types in a design, as well as a description, images, and comments.

3. Start a new collection with that design by clicking on the “Add to collection” button within the right-hand menu. Then select the “New collection” button to start your new collection and add the current design as its first object.

4. When adding additional designs to a collection, navigate to the design and click on “Add to collection” as above. Then tick the checkbox to the left of the Collection to which you want to add the design.

5. To find collections that others have created, type relevant search terms into the YouMagine search box and then click on the “Collections” filter button to see collections that match your search.

6. To follow someone else’s collection instead of making one for yourself, open it and click the “Follow this collection” button. This will put the collection into a list on your profile page for easy access later on.

7. To see your own collections while logged into your YouMagine account, open the menu dropdown near your avatar picture and select “View profile”. From the horizontal menu bar under your profile information, select “Collections” to see a list of all of your collections.

8. To see a list of all the collections you follow, open your YouMagine Profile as above, and then select “Following collections”.

9. To share one of your collections with someone else, click on the collection to open it, and then share the URL link for the page.