Advanced curriculum

The Advanced curriculum follows on from the Intermediate 3D printing lessons. It can be taught as a stand alone series of lessons or it can be mixed and matched with the Intermediate lessons. This lesson pack teaches your students the knowledge and skills to become advanced 3D design engineers. They will be able to design use-able products to given sizes that will help build their independent learning using Fusion 360. This series of lessons is aimed at teenagers age 14 – 16. However, it could also be used for older students, depending on prior knowledge of 3D design and 3D printing. This is suitable for teaching with any type of filament 3D printer.

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This lesson pack includes;

  • Lesson 16 – 3D printing and manufacturing
  • Lesson 17 – Sustainability and 3D printing
  • Lesson 18 – Advanced parametric CAD modelling skills
  • Lesson 19 – Advanced Design skills – Model a smart phone case
  • Lesson 20 – Advanced Design challenge
  • Lesson 21 – Advanced assessment


Lesson resources include;

  • 6 lesson plans
  • 5 Lesson powerpoint presentations to cover each lesson
  • 4 Lesson task activities with answer sheets
  • 4 Homework tasks with answer sheets
  • 4 Design challenge tasks
  • Plenary reflection sheet
  • Video tutorials
  • Links to case studies
  • 1 Final assessment powerpoint with answers
  • Examples STL files to 3D print

This curriculum compliments the intermediate 3D printing lesson pack. It can be used as a follow on to build and enhance student’s skills and knowledge or it could be used as a mix and match alongside the Intermediate pack.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this project all students will be able to;

  • Review how 3D printing can disrupt traditional manufacturing supply chains
  • Discuss how 3D printing is being used in real life manufacturing case studies
  • Describe how 3D printing is impacting the sustainability of manufacturing
  • To review how 3D printing design and 3D printers can be sustainable
  • Explain the fundamentals of carbon footprint and product miles
  • 3D model a case for their own smart phone.
  • Combine basic modelling skills in fusion 360 with more advanced techniques such as modelling features on curved surfaced
  • Explain the different the difference between open source and closed source business models.
  • Differentiate between additive manufacturing techniques and subtractive manufacturing methods.

Most students will be able to;

  • Explain the benefits of 3D printing to local economies
  • Describe one example of where 3D printing has been used to replace traditionally manufactured parts
  • Compare 3D printing against CNC milling
  • 3D model an object that uses advanced modelling techniques such as creating features on curved surfaces alongside sketched that are patterned.

Some students will be able to;

  • Form an argument for the long-term use of 3D printing over traditional manufacturing methods
  • Explain potential benefits and drawbacks of using Bio-plastic
  • Model an smartphone passive amp integrating a pattern on a curved surface

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