Make a 3D Contour Model

Students collaboratively design and 3D print a 3D contour model - available to subscribers of The PrintLab Classroom

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Project Overview

In this 3 part lesson plan, students will collaboratively design and 3D print a 3D contour model. The lesson process involves the analysis of a 2D contour map, which is used as a base to design the 3D model. An example map of Mt Everest is included in the lesson materials or teachers may source their own. Concepts explored throughout the project include scale, measurement, 3D design, inspection and collaboration.

Curriculum Details

The lesson can be incorporated into the study of mathematics, geography, design technology or ICT and can be adapted for ages 12-16. 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

  • Example contour map of Mt Everest (PDF and JPEG)

  • Project workbooks (Google Docs and PDF)

  • Fusion team, canvas calibration, design and inspection tutorial videos in Fusion 360 (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

        • Contour maps and 3D contour models explainer video (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

        • Self reflection questions (Google Docs and PDF)

              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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