Third Grade 3D Snowflakes with the Morphi App and Dremel 3D Printers

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 which we printed out on our Dremel 3D printers.

Students began in Morphi by using the free draw tool. They turned on the axis and then used the + sign to add 6 lines of symmetry. Their designs were each as unique as real snowflakes are!

By simply tapping the 3D button, the line drawings convert into 3D! This definitely is a WOW moment for the students! Then students used the “doughnut” shape to add a loop to the top of their snowflake to make it easy to hang their snowflake.

The snowflakes were printed with our Dremel 3D printers. They look amazing!

A few hints if you try this project:

  • Adjust the line size and make it slightly thicker. The thin lines are fragile when they print and often break.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Disclosure: As a part of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder Ambassadors program, our school received the use of the 3D40 printer. 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!

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