This year our elementary school has adopted the theme “Shine” (based on Philippians 2:15) for our school year. To go along with this theme, our fifth graders have been designing candle holders in TinkerCAD which we are printing with our Dremel 3D40 Ideabuilder Printer. Students will give their candleholders to another person as a Christmas gift. In English class, students will write a letter to go along with their gift.
DESIGNING USING TINKERCAD
For this project, we used a shared account in the TinkerCAD app in Google Chrome and created a project file for each student. During the first week, students had some “playground” time to explore TinkerCAD and learn how to navigate and design with shapes. Then during the following two weeks, students followed teacher created video tutorials to help them independently design their candle holders. (Here is the link to our TinkerCAD tutorials.)
The fifth graders started their designs by using precise measurements to create a cylinder and a hole. After designing the candle holder, students imported a shape to use as a decoration on the side or on the base. (I used the FlatIcon website to find .svg files which could be imported into Tinkercad and had these available for students to use for their designs.) Finally, students grouped all the elements together into one shape and saved it in Tinkercad.
PRINTING THE CANDLE HOLDERS
Over the past week, we have been busily printing the candle holders using our Dremel 3D40 Ideabuilder Printer. As a teacher, I downloaded the files and prepared them in groups of 2 or 3 at a time for printing. Printing is a time consuming process and we are only able to complete about 5 candle holders each day.
Students are very excited to see how professional their printed designs look. Currently, we have about 2/3 of our 50 projects printed. Our students are very impatient to see their finished result! I am very proud that students did a great job with sizing the elements correctly and we only have a few designs with minor decorating flaws that we will need to reprint.
This project has been a great way to introduce students to 3D Design. Even though students had some basic guidelines to help them produce a successful first design, they also had many creative options which allowed each product to be unique!
Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school is receiving the use of the 3D printer for one year. If you are interested in learning more about the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 printer, you may contact https://3dprinter.dremel.com/education-request. I’d appreciate it if you noted Karen Bosch/this blog post as a referral in the comments/questions section at the bottom of the form. Thanks!