In this creative project, students will design and 3D print a 1:100 scale model of a concept for an urban installation. The lesson begins with a presentation, where students learn about an artistic urban installation called 'A Bench for Everyone' by McCloy + Muchemwa Architects. Following the precedent study, students will be challenged to define their own brief for an urban installation concept for their local community. Guided by a student worksheet and tutorial video, they will go on to learn about scaled drawings and design their model in Tinkercad software. Finally, the models are 3D printed and students present their ideas to the rest of the class.
The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, art and design, design technology and computing. 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.
Case study presentation (PDF)
Student worksheets (PDF)
Video design tutorial in Tinkercad (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)
Case study video (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)
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.