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In this 4-part lesson, students will design and 3D print their own assistive writing aid in the form of an attachable pen grip. The lesson begins with small-scale experiments called tolerance and flexibility checkers, where students design and 3D print various sized clips to determine the optimal shape for the clip. Students then go on to develop their concepts and design their writing aids in Tinkercad software. The final part of the lesson involves 3D printing, testing, analysing and suggesting improvements to their end-product. Enrolling in the lesson will give you complete access to the teacher training material and lesson documents. This includes content to help you prepare and deliver the lessons along with design tutorials so you become familiar with the process prior to teaching it in the classroom.
*Credit to Mark Chester, Product Designer and MSc Industrial Digitalisation student, for providing us with the idea to run tolerance checkers*
The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, biology, design technology and computing. The material can be adapted for ages 8-15. The curriculum is aligned to NGSS, CCSS and UK National Curriculum standards. A comprehensive list of standards met is included in the lesson platform.
In this project students will:
1 x pen/pencil
5 x pens (different sized diameters preferred but not essential)