STEM Village Course: 3D Printing

Introduction to 3D Printing

Program Outline:

  • Session 1: 3D Printing Basics
  • Session 2: 3D Printing Materials
  • Session 3: Design Basics
  • Session 4: Getting Going with Tinkercad
  • Session 5-8: Capstone Project – Create your own 3D Object

3D Printing Basics

STEM Village Resource (watch video)

Class Discussion

  • How are 3D objects designed?
  • What is the most popular material used?
  • What can you 3D print?
  • What are some future potential uses for 3DP?
    • possible answers: organs, food, replicas, coral reef replacements

STEM Village Resource (watch video)

Class Discussion

  • What are the main steps in 3D printing?
    • answer: 1) design/download/blueprint; 2) send to printer; 3) melt and deposit material; 4) build successive layers
  • What other manufacturing processes does 3DP replace?
    • answer: forging, molding, sculpting
  • What are some common 3DP materials?
    • answers: plastics, polyester, concrete, organic matter, powder metals, home building materials

3D Printing Materials

Learn about the materials used in common 3D printing

STEM Village Resource (watch video)


Class Discussion

  • PLA – What are the benefits and drawbacks of using PLA?
  • ABS – What are the benefits and drawbacks of using ABS?

Design Basics

Learn about the design process

STEM Village Resource (watch video)

Activity #1
  • Open the Design Process Quiz Game
  • In the game, assign each processes listed to the proper step order
    • Identify the Need or Problem
    • Communicate the solution(s)
    • Resdesign
    • Select the best possible solutions
    • Construct a prototype
    • Develop possible soultion(s)
    • Test and evalutate the solution(s)
    • Research the Need or Poblem
Activity #2
  • Develop ideas for your 3D project
  • Create sketches
  • Get feedback on design

Getting Going with Tinkercad

Learn about the design software used to create our 3D object

STEM Village Resource (watch video)

Activity #1
  • Create Tinkercad account(www.tinkercad.com)
  • Use Teacher Code provide in setup
  • For additional help, access the Tinkercad Basic Skills (Beta) in the LEARN menu
Activity #2