Lesson plan to help students explore practical 3D Printing constraints

Just released on our PrintLab lesson plan portal is a new
lesson giving students real world insights into some of the limitations of using 3D printers for small scale manufacturing.

Using their slicing software, students will adjust settings and calculate a range of factors including print times, material costs and operational strategies for 8 scenarios provided in a printable student workbook.

The lesson plan provides teachers with all they need to run this 1 hour learning session, giving practical insights, application and experience with some of the types of decisions that are made daily within industry.

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Engage your students in 3D printing as they redesign your classroom!

Getting full participation from a classroom group can be a tricky proposition. From running workshops EduKits has found having content attune to your groups individual interests will certainly help, but having each student on a different page can be difficult to manage.

Featured on our Printlab lesson plan platform may be just the lesson you are after to maximise whole of class participation, aptly titled “Redesign your Classroom”. In this lesson plan you will lead students through a class questionnaire to collect data on the positive and negative aspects perceived by the students as to the current classroom design. 

Following this information gathering students collaboratively design and 3D print volumetric scale models of the walls, floor, furniture, equipment and displays.  Design options can then be reconfigured without having to lift a piece of physical furniture. 

Experiencing 3D design relevant to working in industry is what PrintLab resources are all about. If you’d like to explore what we’ve got available to help out our teacher community we’d love to give you a free 7 day trial. You can apply for one here.  


Digital inventory and 3D printing – let your students explore the possibilities

One of the biggest benefits of 3D printing technology is the ability to print on demand. Traditionally when making a product demand is estimated with quantities manufactured to meet the sales projections.

This type of manufacturing invariably results in waste with more products been made than is able to be sold. Printing on demand can alleviate this problem, with products being printed on an as needed basis. In addition with the distances to move product eg country of manufacture to warehouse of country of purchase, warehouse to retailer, retailer to end user, there are also significantly reduced net transportation costs. 

On the Printlab lesson plan platform teachers can take their students through a case study involving digital products. Through the lesson titled “Organic Homeware” students will embark on a creative journey to create an online digital store of organic homeware by editing provided 3D scan data (included in the lesson package) or they may scan their own 3D objects where your school has a 3D scanner available. 

Want real world application for 3D printing in your classroom. Try Printlab today. You can sign up for a free trial here.