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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Lesson 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.

Subject Areas

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.

In this project students will:

  • develop contextual knowledge of topographic maps and contours

  • use mathematical calculations, including unit conversions, to solve a series of scale and measurement challenges

        • use CAD software to develop a 3D model of a 2D contour map

        • generate a creative and instructional piece of work, highlighting their understanding of the process to turn a 2D contour map into a 3D model

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