Wild Creatures – SCOPES Digital Fabrication

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Author

Cameron Bass

Summary

In this lesson, students will create an animal using the basic shapes found in TinkerCAD. Students will construct their animals using paper and pencil before transferring their compositions to TinkerCAD. Upon completion of their compositions, students will export their files and email them to their instructor for 3D printing. 

What You'll Need

Teacher Preparation

Prerequisite knowledge of the TinkerCAD, and basic

knowledge of 3D printing, THIS

LESSON ASSUMES THE STUDENTS HAVE ALREADY CREATED ACCOUNTS IN TINKERCAD, AND

HAVE COMPLETED THE TUTORIALS.

 

Facility Needs

Internet-enabled computers with web cam for instructors

and students, 3D Printer, paper, pencil, 3D pen

Materials

List

Paper, pencils, 3D printer, 3D pen

Digital

Fabrication Software & Equipment

Tinkercad (3D modeling) and 3D printer

 

 

The Instructions

Engage

See below.

 

The instructor will show a picture of a geometrically constructed animal and will challenges students to identify the different shapes that compose the animal.

 

 Once students identify the shapes, the instructor will show any remaining shapes that the students were not able to identify.

 

 

 

 

Design

Students will be instructed to sketch an animal found in the wild using only the shapes that can be found in TinkerCad. After the sketch is completed, students will then recreate their design on the computer using Tinkercad. 

Collaborate and Share

After completing their sketches and designs in TinkerCad, each student will be given the opportunity to share their creation with the class. The remaining students will be given the opportunity to comment on each other’s work. Students will then be given the opportunity to implement any changes they see fit.

Print

Students will submit their TinkerCad files in the assignment folder for the instructor to 3D print their design.

Students will then use their sketches and their TinkerCad to create a 3D version of their design using a 3D Pen.

Evaluate

Upon receiving their 3D creature, students will be given the opportunity to compare their 3D printed design to their 3D pen design. Students will then share both their designs with their classmates and discuss whether or not they will make any further revisions. Time being permitted, students will have the opportunity to recreate their designs and resubmit them for 3D printing.

Standards

  • (Fab-Safety.1): I can safely conduct myself in a Fab Lab and observe operations under instructor guidance.
  • (Fab-Programming.1): I understand the basic structure of a simple program and can modify values, variables, or other parameters to alter its output, function, or behavior.
  • (Fab-Modeling.1): I can arrange and manipulate simple geometric elements, 2D shapes, and 3D solids using a variety of technologies.
  • (Fab-Fabrication.1): I can follow instructor guided steps that link a software to a machine to produce a simple physical artifact.
  • (Fab-Design.1): I can be responsible for various activities throughout a design process within a group under instructor guidance.

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