Fixing Artefacts

A series of design challenges where students fix and recreate broken artefacts

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In this 1 hour lesson, students undertake a series of design challenges to fix broken artefacts using 3D scan data and Tinkercad software. After an initial introduction to 3D scanning for preservation and restoration, students are provided with a workbook to guide them through 4 challenges. Each challenge involve students importing STL scan data into Tinkercad, where they will fix or recreate the broken artefact. The aim of the challenges is to educate students about the opportunities of 3D scanning for cultural heritage and as a homework assignment, they are asked to create a short report or presentation about their findings. Enrolling in the lesson will give you complete access to the teacher training material and lesson documents. This includes content to help you prepare and deliver the lessons along with design tutorials so you become familiar with the process prior to teaching it in the classroom.

Subject Areas

The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, art & design, design technology, history and computing. The material can be adapted for ages 8-14. The curriculum is aligned to NGSS, CCSS and UK National Curriculum standards. A comprehensive list of standards met is included in the lesson platform.

Learning Criteria

In this project students will:

  • Develop an understanding of 3D scanning for preservation and restoration of artefacts
  • Use CAD software and 3D scan data to fix and recreate a range of artefacts
  • Use 3D printing techniques to manufacture restored artefacts
  • Use knowledge gained from design challenges to create a report/presentation on 3D scanning for cultural heritage

Equipment List

Each student will require:
1 x laptop/computer with mouse and internet access to use Tinkercad software
The teacher will require:
1 x 3D printer and PLA filament (
1 x laptop/computer with mouse, internet access and slicing software (or Polar Cloud) for the 3D printer