Fixing Artefacts

A series of design challenges where students fix and recreate broken artefacts - available to subscribers of The PrintLab Classroom

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Project Overview

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 involves students importing STL scan data into Tinkercad (or Fusion 360), 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.

Curriculum Details

The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, art & design, design technology, history and computing. The material can be adapted for ages 8-16. 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.


Included Resources:

  • 3D scanning explainer video (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

  • Broken artefacts 3D scan data pack (STL)

        • Challenge workbooks (PDF)

        • Video design tutorials in Tinkercad and Fusion 360 (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.

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