Remember Jordan? He’s part of our Accelerate program here at Game-U, and he’s been busy! He and his instructor, Erica, keep adding to his space shooter game. But for this class, Jordan had something a little closer to the heart that he wanted to do first – a gift for a special girl. So Jordan and Erica started class in Tinkercad, a modeling tool, which allows students to design models that can then be printed on one of Game-U’s 3D printers. Jordan decided to make his special girl a keychain, shaped like – what else? – a heart! Printing the model required some troubleshooting before Jordan made a suitable keychain. The heart kept sliding on the printing surface so that the finished product didn’t look like a heart, but Jordan made the design a little thinner, shortening the print time enough that no slippage occurred. Jordan also found time to keep working on his space shooter game. Last class, he used the tools in the Unity gaming engine to give the spaceship working lasers, and this time he taught the laser projectiles to shatter the asteroids on impact. That’s what would happen in real life, right? Jordan took realism a step further by coding what happens if the ship crashes into an asteroid. Check out the video! The ship accidentally hits an asteroid, and both the ship and the asteroid explode as a result. (The pilot is going to need to get in his life pod.) Good work, Jordan! Your game keeps getting better and better, and we’re looking forward to playing it. Make sure you let us know how much your friend likes her new keychain!
| Written by: Rebecca Lilley |
Tags: 3D Printer, TinkerCAD, Unity