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In this hands-on project, students will learn about tension, compression, torsion and shear by making a suspension bridge model. Working in teams and guided by a workbook, students will be provided with an overview of suspension bridges before being challenged to design various components in Tinkercad or Fusion 360 software. Once 3D printed, the suspension bridge model is assembled and experiments take place to analyse the forces that act upon it.

Included Resources

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

Project explainer video (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

Design workbooks (PDF)

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

Example suspension bridge model (STL)