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In this 3 part lesson, students will design and 3D print their own percussion instrument! By watching a teacher presentation, experimenting with demonstration models and viewing the 3D printing process, they will become familiar with the construction of maracas and learn the benefits of using a 3D printer to manufacture them. Students will go on to use an instructional video to practice designing maracas in Tinkercad or Fusion 360 software, before embarking on their own creative journey to 3D model and 3D print a unique and futuristic percussion instrument.

Included Resources

Curriculum alignment documents (ISTE, NGSS, CCSS and UK National Curriculum Standards)

Demonstration maracas model (STL)

Class presentation (Google Docs and PDF)

Design challenge worksheets (Google Docs and PDF)

Video design tutorials in Tinkercad and Fusion 360 (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)