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Beginners Lesson 2 – The 3D Printing Process

In this lesson students will learn in more detail how 3D printers work based upon X Y and Z coordinates. They will also learn about the key components of getting a design from a computer to a 3D printer.

Recommended age range 11 – 13

Lesson resources include;

  • Lesson plan
  • Lesson powerpoint
  • Lesson task with answer sheet
  • Homework task with answer sheet
  • Examples STL files to print

What teachers say….

“The easy to follow lessons allow pupils to develop their understanding of 3D Printing and experience the science behind it and the application.” Paul Bowyer, Head of Technology, Sandbach Boys School

“I have used the lesson plans and resources in lesson observations with fantastic results” John Donnelly, Leader of Design and Technology, St James C of E school

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Lesson 2

Lesson 2 follows on from lesson 1 and is part of the beginners course in 3D printing. In this lesson students will learn how printers move in X,Y and Z directions based upon co-ordinates created from 3D models. Your classes will also learn the difference between 2D and 3D along with a basic introduction of how models are prepared for 3D Printing. In the lesson your classes will learn the difference between CAD and CAM and also the different ways of transferring files from a computer to a 3D Printer.

The lesson powerpoint is fully editable along with the lesson tasks and homework sheets so it can be tailored to the needs of your students.

The lesson task and homework task are designed to be self assessed or peer assessed. Answer sheets are clear and easy to understand allowing students to deepen their learning by engaging in assessment for learning.