Make a Puzzle Cube

A mathematical lesson where students explore volumes of cubes to create their own puzzle - available to subscribers of The PrintLab Classroom

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Lesson Overview

In this 2 part lesson, students will go through a series of mathematical calculations to help them to design and 3D print a puzzle cube. The puzzle cube is made up of various interconnecting pieces, which when placed together correctly, forms a perfect cube shape. In addition to mathematical calculations, students will also have to use problem solving skills to ensure their puzzle cube is 3D printable and that interconnecting pieces fit together suitably. Finally, students are challenged to create a case for their completed puzzle!

Subject Areas

The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, design technology 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.

In this project students will:

  • Convert between different units of metric measure

  • Solve problems using division and multiplication to help them determine the constraints of their puzzle cube

  • Use isometric drawing techniques to represent puzzle pieces

        • Use 3D modelling software (Tinkercad or Fusion 360) to design a puzzle cube for 3D printing

        • Learn about 3D printing orientation and tolerances to help them prepare their models for 3D printing

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