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Lesson 5 – Basic materials and slicing

Age range recommended 11 – 13

In this lesson your classes will be taught about the main materials that are used in 3D Printing and the advantages and disadvantages of these materials. Students will also learn about ‘Bio-plastics’ and why they are used in certain types of 3D Printing materials. The lesson content also includes facts on melting points of different types of materials and sustainability issues with Bio – Plastics.

Students will also learn how to slice a model for 3D Printing using CURA slicing software and the basic settings needed for a successful 3D Print.

Resources include;

  • Lesson plan
  • Lesson powerpoint
  • Lesson task with answer sheet.

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Ever thought about the wider impact of 3D Printing beyond the machine and designing? This lesson will broaden the knowledge of 3D Printing beyond the classroom. Students will learn the basics of how material use effects the environment and the potential benefits and pitfalls of using Bio-plastics in 3D Printing.

In this lesson your classes will also use CURA to ‘slice’ the models they completed in the design challenge (lesson 4). This will create the gcode that can be sent to a 3D Printer to enable the printing of the design.

As with the other lessons, all resources are fully editable to the needs of the students. This is the last lesson before the end of module assessment (lesson 6).