FLA Week 4: Classroom Tool Design – SCOPES-DF

Lesson Details

Age Ranges
MS-ETS1-1, Fab-Modeling.1, Fab-Fabrication.1, Fab-Design.1

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Chris Ludwig
Chris Ludwig
Fablab manager


Introducing students to Inkscape and laser cutting as well as a personalized artifact for the classroom

What You'll Need


  • MDF board (2 A3 size pieces were used, 3mm thick)
  • Parchment Paper
  • RGB lights
  • Power source for RGG lights



  • Laser cutter (40W used here)
  • Vinyl cutter
  • 3D printer



  • Inkscape
  • Cricut Design Space
  • Prusa Slicer
  • Fusion360


The Instructions

Design imagery for the Icosahedron

Use Inkscape to create the icosahedron with connecting bracers

Using Inkscape, create an SVG file with 20 identical equilateral triangles.


Create 19 designs (I used idential, mathmatically symmetrical designs)

Create 1 hole for the 20th triangle which will be the hole

Cut Icosahedron

Load material into your laser cutter and cut

Load material into your laser cutter and cut


Cut out parchment paper

Use vinyl cutter to cut out parchment paper for backing

Shrink the outline of the triangle to 90%


Load the design into your vinyl cutter


Choose parchment paper before cutting


Cut and remove the parchment paper


Assemble icosahedron parts

Attach the parchment paper and assemble triangles with braces

Attach the parchment paper using Scotch spray adhesive


Connect each face with a brace. Use superglue to bind the brace