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Beginners Lesson 3 – Creating a model to 3D Print

In this lesson students will learn how to create a model to 3D Print using free CAD modelling software TinkerCAD. Your classes will learn how to create a basic 3D model to given measurements and also how to edit a the model. Students will learn the basic features of 3D CAD in preparation for lesson 4 where they will be given a design challenge.

Recommended age range 11 – 13

Lesson resources include;

  • Lesson plan
  • Lesson powerpoint
  • Student CAD help sheet
  • Video tutorials
  • Example STL files
  • Homework sheet with answers

What teachers say….

“Lessons are engaging and simple to follow, especially for teachers who have no experience in 3D printing!” Shanice Welsch, Design teacher Sale High School.

“As a relative newcomer to 3D Printing this has certainly helped my understanding.”Dave Bauser, Technology Teacher Ely College Academy.

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Lesson 3 builds upon the knowledge learnt in lesson 1 and 2 and introduces your classes to basic CAD modelling skills using the free programme TinkerCAD. Students will learn how to create models in 3D CAD and how to use the measuring tool to ensure accuracy when designing. They will also learn how to download their designs so they can save them for 3D printing.

With this lesson pack there are video tutorials for the teacher and student to watch. If students need more time to learn the basic concepts they can refer to the video tutorials and work at their own pace independent of the teacher.

Included is an example STL file of the design that is used in the lesson so the teacher can print this off as an examples for students to refer to.

There is a student help sheet with all the features used during the lesson and a lesson task instruction sheet.

Like in previous lessons the homework has an answer sheet so can be peer assessed or self assessed.