In this lesson, students will learn how desktop 3D printing can be used to make consumer products sustainably and efficiently. The lesson begins with an overview of Batch.works - an innovative company that design, produce, sell and ship consumer products under one roof. Using the knowledge gained from the overview, together with a CAD tutorial video, students are challenged to design and 3D print their own stationery product. Finally, students develop a pitch for their product to be stocked by a retailer and the challenges of 3D printing consumer products are discussed.
The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, computing, art & design and design technology. 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:
develop an understanding of the opportunities and challenges of using 3D printing to manufacture consumer products
use research and investigation skills to generate design ideas for a stationery product
develop CAD skills to design and 3D print their own stationery product
develop entrepreneurial skills to pitch their product idea to a retailer