Make a 3D Contour Model

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! We hope you enjoy this resource for your classroom and please send any feedback to hello@weareprintlab.com so we can continue to update and improve the lesson.


Overview

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**


Learning Criteria

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


Pack Contents

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.


How to get the Lesson Pack

This lesson pack is available completely free! Simply head to this link: http://bit.ly/2nERiba, add the product to your cart and enquire. Your local PrintLab Partner will then send you the full lesson pack.

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