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Students research mass manufacturing vs 3D printing before designing a personalized gift - available to subscribers of The PrintLab Classroom

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Project Overview

In this 2 hour project, students will design and 3D print a personalized gift for a friend or family member. The process begins by selecting a range of objects from the classroom and placing them on a long table. Research takes place to determine how the products were manufactured and a gallery display of findings is created. 3D printing is then introduced by students learning how to design a personalized chopsticks holder. Mass manufacturing vs 3D printing is discussed and finally, students are challenged to create a unique, personalized gift.

Curriculum Details

The lesson can be incorporated into the study of art and design, design technology or computing and 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.

Included Resources:

  • 3D printing vs mass production explainer video (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

  • Video design tutorials in Tinkercad and Fusion 360 (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

        • Challenge sheets (Google Docs and PDF)

              Self-Paced Learning Option

              PrintLab's student portal is home to the online learning resources required for each of PrintLab’s lesson plans (CAD tutorial videos, explainer videos etc), but it is also structured in such a way that gives users the option to work through each project online in a self-paced manner without a teacher/instructor. The perfect solution for distance learning, 3D printing clubs, passion projects or self-paced learning at libraries and makerspaces.

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