Each student will use 3D CAD software to design a section of the contour model and prepare it for 3D printing, whilst the teacher acts as a facilitator in assisting the students.
Today we're launching the beta version of a new lesson plan - Make a 3D Contour Model!
In this lesson students will collaboratively design and 3D print a 1:50,000 scale model of Mount Everest and its surroundings. The lesson involves mathematical calculations along with CAD design tasks, mapping skills and 3D printing. The lesson can be incorporated into the study of mathematics, geography, design technology or ICT and can be adapted for ages 7-15.
The process begins with a short presentation and discussion session, where the teacher will give an overview of topography maps and 3D printing. This will then be followed by the main part of the lesson - the student workbook. Each student will use 3D CAD software to design a section of the contour model and prepare it for 3D printing, whilst the teacher acts as a facilitator in assisting the students.
The final stage will be a 3D printing demonstration of one section of the contour model. Following the lesson, the teacher can send all models to the 3D printer to complete the 3D contour model.
**the data for the contour model was taken from Google Maps, therefore the scale is an approximation**
In this lesson students will:
- develop contextual knowledge of topographic maps and contours
- understand how geographical features are represented on maps
- develop an understanding of 3D printers, how they operate and how they are used in various industries
- use mathematical calculations to determine the size that a 3D contour model should be at the scale 1:50000 - communicate geographical information using CAD software and 3D printing
This digital pack contains a teacher's guide, presentation, student workbooks, contour sheets and contour sketches.
Each student will require a laptop/ computer with SketchUp software (free), pen/pencil, 30cm ruler and calculator.
The teacher will require a screen for the presentation, a 3D printer with PLA filament and a computer preloaded with slicing software for the 3D printer.
This lesson pack is part of the PrintLab Classroom lesson portal. To enrol in PrintLab Classroom, click here.
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