3D Design & Printing

Learn what 3D is by doing exercises which include the layering method. Design and make 3D models from prototyping kits. Learn the do’s and don’ts of 3D printing, determine which designs are suitable or unsuitable, think about what can be added to make them successful. Discover how a 3D printer works by designing your own, or adapting an existing model and actually print them off on one of our Ultimaker 3D printers which we will bring along to demonstrate. From simple personalised key fobs, mobile phone cradles, USB sticks to far more complicated models, this workshop is ideal for any design activities. Due to the time taken to print some models it is always handy to supply a list of the names of children so we can bring along a pre-printed item so everyone gets to take something home. If we run out of time in the workshop, the finished 3D designs will be delivered to your school within a few days.

Open source software is required for these workshops, we use Google sketchup, if you don’t have it already you really should get your IT wizards to download and install it, it is a really useful resource! We offer a 3D printing service, if you have some designs that you wish to have printed simply email the files over and we can deliver the finished items shortly afterwards.
 
 

Reception

  • Try out a hyperscope and look around you, see why some things can look clearer, closer or further away than they really are.
  • Some of your friends might start to have Pinocchio noses the closer they get to you!
  • Use clay and cookie cutters to build 3D models and shapes using the layering method.
  • While all of that is going on one of our 3D printers will be busy in the background creating something very special, we encourage children to go over and have a look every now and again to check the progress, it can be quite hypnotic!

Key Stage 1

  • Learn the difference between 2D and 3D.
  • Try out a hyperscope and look around you, discover how it changes your view of 3D space around you, see why some things can look clearer, closer or further away than they really are. Some of your friends might start to have Pinocchio noses the closer they get to you!
  • Use some 3D modelling software and learn the do’s and don’ts of 3D design and printing, determine which designs are suitable or unsuitable, think about what can be added to make them successful. Determine what might happen during a 3D print if the design is not quite right, it is actually not all that different to the way some buildings have to be designed!
  • Use different materials and methods to make 3D objects using the layering method.
  • While all of that is going on one of our 3D printers will be busy in the background creating something very special, we encourage children to go over and have a look every now and again to check the progress, it can be quite hypnotic!

Key Stage 2

  • Learn the difference between 2D and 3D.
  • Discover how special 3D photographs were taken to determine the height of structures and how they helped through some tricky times in history.
  • Try out a hyperscope and look around you, discover how it changes your view of 3D space around you, see why some things can look clearer, closer or further away than they really are.
  • Use some 3D modelling software and learn the do’s and don’ts of 3D design and printing, determine which designs are suitable or unsuitable, think about what can be added to make them successful.
  • Experiment with X-Ray views and filling options to see what effects different design styles will have on printing time and cost.
  • Determine what might happen during a 3D print if the design is not quite right, it is actually not all that different to the way some buildings have to be designed!
  • Use different materials and methods to make 3D objects.
  • While all of that is going on one of our 3D printers will be busy in the background creating something very special, we encourage children to go over and have a look every now and again to check the progress, it can be quite hypnotic!