Surrealist Sculptures

Students learn how to design and make surrealist sculptures with 3D scanning technology - available to subscribers of The PrintLab Classroom

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Project Overview

In this project students will learn how to use 3D scanning and 3D printing to make surrealist sculptures. Following an introductory video about Surrealism by Curious Muse, students will participate in a skill-building tutorial to design an example sculpture in Meshmixer software. They'll then use a design method called image search boards to collate images on multiple topics before using them as inspiration to come up with surprising and bizarre object combinations. Once a final combination has been selected, 3D scanning, 3D design and 3D printing will be used to bring a unique sculpture to life.


This project was developed in partnership with Shining3D – creators of EinScan 3D scanners. For more information, email [email protected]


Curriculum Details

The lesson can be incorporated into the study of maths, design technology, art and computing. The material can be adapted for ages 11+. 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.

Resources Included in Project:

  • Surrealist sculptures intro video (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

  • Surrealism Art Movement video by Curious Muse (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

  • Image search board design method videos (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

        • Surrealism methods worksheet (PDF)

        • Meshmixer tutorial (hosted on PrintLab's student portal)

        • Assessment Rubric (PDF and Google Docs)

              Self-Paced Learning Option

              PrintLab's student portal is home to the online learning resources required for each of PrintLab’s lesson plans (CAD tutorial videos, explainer videos etc), but it is also structured in such a way that gives users the option to work through each project online in a self-paced manner without a teacher/instructor. The perfect solution for distance learning, 3D printing clubs, passion projects or self-paced learning at libraries and makerspaces.


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