An introduction to 3D printing

Beginners Lesson 1 – An introduction to 3D printing

Intended age range 11 – 13

Hit the ground running with this introduction lesson to 3D Printing. No planning needed, as all resources are included to get teaching straight away. Included in this free lesson are;

  • Lesson plans
  • Lesson powerpoint with CAD tutorial
  • Lesson task worksheets
  • Lesson task worksheet answers
  • Homework task
  • Homework task answer sheet

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Lesson 1 – An introduction to 3D printing.

In this lesson an introduction to 3D printing,  your classes will learn what 3D Printing is and where 3D Printers are currently being used in society. Students will also be able to understand the key components of a 3D printer and be able to describe how they work relating to real life examples.

This lesson is an introduction to the curriculum and is a free download. Following on from this resource there are six more lessons in this lesson pack and then 20 more lessons in the rest of the curriculum (the intermediate and advanced lessons). The beginners lesson pack is one of our most popular resources and is used in schools around the world. This introduction lesson is designed to last one hour and all you need to do is read through the lesson plan and review the materials before teaching it to your classes. As part of this lesson is a free TinkerCAD modelling tutorial that serves as a basic introduction to simple 3D CAD modelling. It also demonstrates how the rest of the CAD lessons are structured. The follow on lessons in this pack all use ‘TinkerCAD’ as the modelling software. This is free to use and browser based and designed for children.

Each lesson has a starter task, main activities and a plenary task to embed students learning and are ranked against international education standards.

The resources are designed to be self assessed/peer assessed by students to deepen their learning of the topic and this helps reduce teacher workload and all lesson materials have been designed by current classroom teachers. We offer two options for teachers and schools, either buy a copy of the files to download, this will give you complete editing control over the files, or subscribe to access. Subscribing allows you to teach the curriculum from our teacher portal and download worksheets and STL files and gives you the latest updates to the curriculum.