Make a 3D Contour Model

SketchUp and 3D printing is used to create a 1:50,000 scale contour model of Mount Everest - available to subscribers of The PrintLab Classroom

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson 1 hour lesson plan students will collaboratively design and 3D print a 1:50,000 scale model of Mount Everest and its surroundings. The lesson involves mathematical calculations along with CAD design tasks, mapping skills and 3D printing.

Subject Areas

The lesson can be incorporated into the study of mathematics, geography, design technology or ICT and 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 topographic maps and contours

  • understand how geographical features are represented on maps

  • develop an understanding of 3D printers, how they operate and how they are used in various industries

        • use mathematical calculations to determine the size that a 3D contour model should be at the scale 1:50000

        • communicate geographical information using CAD software and 3D printing

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