Make your own Stationery

A mathematical lesson where students design and 3D print their own stationery - available to subscribers of The PrintLab Classroom

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Lesson Overview

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.


**A simplified mathematical lesson plan is also included in the platform for younger students, where linear sequences are used to design and 3D print the shell of a pen**

Subject Areas

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

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