In this 1 hour lesson, students will be designing and 3D printing a functional pen. The lesson begins with a series of mathematical calculations on linear sequences. The calculations help students determine the measurements of the pen, which is designed in Tinkercad in the main part of the lesson. Finally, one of the pens is 3D printed and once complete, a Bic biro cartridge slots into the centre to make it functional.
The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, computing, art & design and design technology. The material can be adapted for ages 8-15. The curriculum is aligned to NGSS, CCSS and UK National Curriculum standards. A comprehensive list of standards met is included in the lesson platform.
In this project students will:
develop an understanding of linear sequences
use Tinkercad software to design the shell of a pen to set dimensions
develop an understanding of 3D printers and how they operate