Make an Ergonomic 3D Printed Pen

Turn a clay model into an ergonomic 3D printed pen using a 3D scanner - available to subscribers of The PrintLab Classroom

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Lesson Overview

This lesson plan is split into 3 x 1 hour sessions. Students will go through the 3D scan to 3D print process to create an ergonomic pen. The lesson involves sketching, clay modelling, 3D scanning, CAD and 3D printing.

Subject Areas

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

In this project students will:

  • develop contextual knowledge of ergonomic design

  • analyse and evaluate their own designs in order to determine whether they meet the criteria required for 3D scanning and 3D printing

  • develop hands-on 3D scanning skills

        • use CAD software to edit and prepare files for 3D printing

        • develop hands-on 3D printing skills

        • go through the product design process, from concept to completion

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