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.
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.
In this project students will:
develop contextual knowledge of mass production
develop contextual knowledge of using 3D printing to manufacture custom products
explore the pros and cons of mass production vs 3D printing
design personalized CAD models to set dimensions
manufacture personalized products through 3D printing