Digitising Nature

Students learn how to digitise nature with 3D scanning to create beautiful jewellery pieces - available to subscribers of The PrintLab Classroom

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Project Overview

In this project students will be digitising nature using 3D scanning technologies, before turning the digital data into 3D printed jewellery pieces. The process involves following a tutorial to learn about the different things you can do with 3D scan data in Meshmixer software. This is followed by a creative journey where students use a design method called visual combinations to gather feedback from a certain target audience to inform their jewellery designs, which are brought to life through an iterative process.


This project was developed in partnership with Shining3D – creators of EinScan 3D scanners. For more information, email [email protected]


Curriculum Details

The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, design technology, art and computing. The material can be adapted for ages 11+. 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.

Resources Included in Project:

  • 3D scan data pack (STL)

  • Digitising nature explainer video (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

  • Visual combination activity video (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

        • Meshmixer tutorial (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

        • Assessment Rubric (PDF and Google Docs)

                  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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