In this project, students will design assistive clips that attach to objects to make them more accessible for people with arthritis or a weak grip. The lesson begins with small-scale experiments called tolerance and flexibility checkers, where students design and 3D print various sized clips to determine the optimal shape for a pen clip. Students then go on to develop their clips into assistive writing aids in the form of a pen grip. With their new skills in place, they are challenged to design a unique assistive clip to fit an object of their choice. The final part of the lesson involves 3D printing, testing, analysing and suggesting improvements to their end-product.
The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, biology, design technology and computing. The material can be adapted for ages 8-16. The curriculum is aligned to ISTE, 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 tolerance and flexibility for 3D printed parts
conduct an experiment to explore the tolerance and flexibility of 3D printed clips with varying shapes and dimensions
use design-thinking and sketching skills to develop a concept for an assistive clip
use 3D modelling software to design their own assistive clip
use 3D printers to manufacture an assistive clip
analyse their work and the work of their peers to suggest improvements to their designs