Custom Products

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

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Lesson 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.

Subject Areas

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

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