The third graders recently worked on a 3D design project. They used 6 point symmetry in the Morphi app to create these gorgeous 3D snowflakes. Our Apple Pencils from our MACUL grant made it easy for students to complete these complex designs.
Students began in the Morphi app by creating a small loop using the “doughnut” shape. Next, they opened the 2D to 3D tool. They turned on the “guides” tool under Symmetry and then used the + sign to add 6 lines of symmetry.
Then they started to draw. There were many oohs and ahs as their designs began to appear. Each one was as beautiful and unique as real snowflakes are! When finished, they tapped the 3D button and *BOOM* the design turned into 3D. A final step was to connect the loop and the snowflake together.
We printed out our snowflakes on our Dremel 3D printers. They look amazing!
A few hints if you try this project:
- Make sure your lines are not too thin – thin lines may easily break when printed.
- Be sure all lines connect on your snowflake or pieces will fall off the printed snowflake.
- Designs that are very complex sometimes will not print successfully.
- If your design gets too large, parts will be chopped off and your snowflake will not be round.
- The Morphi app comes in a free and paid EDU version. You will need the paid version to use the drawing tool. The drawing tool is amazing and allows you to create custom 3D designs.
- Students emailed their completed designs to the teacher for processing and printing.
- I did make the designs larger using the Print Studio software that comes with the Dremel Printers while I was preparing the files for printing. You could also adjust the size in Morphi, but doing this step later simplified the project for the students.