Ergonomic Transformations

Project 3D Scanning

In this project, you will be using 3D scanning and 3D printing technology to transform an off-the-shelf product into an ergonomic solution for an individual. The process involves learning about transformation methods and following a tutorial to design an ergonomic mouse grip using 3D scan data of a clay model. This is followed by a creative journey where you will identify an end user, select a product to transform and perform a detailed product analysis before using the insights to design an ergonomic attachment. View the project details below and start a free trial to PrintLab today!


Project Difficulty


This project is rated as intermediate and is suitable for all those who have moderate-strong skills in 3D design and 3D printing, as well as foundational knowledge of 3D scanning.

Project Length


The estimated project length is 6 hours, excluding any 3D printing time. This estimate includes designing and making an initial prototype plus time for creating 1 improved iteration. The project can be run in shorter or longer periods of time depending on the number of iterations you choose to make. We recommend breaking the project up into multiple sessions (e.g. 6 x 1 hour sessions), which will allow you to 3D print necessary objects between sessions.

Equipment Required


To participate in this project, you will require:

  • Clay (white air drying clay recommended)
  • A laptop or computer with Meshmixer software (free).
  • A software or web application to create a digital portfolio. We recommend using Google Slides as we provide a portfolio template in this format.
  • Access to a 3D scanner (see ‘3D Scanning Options’) section for further details.
  • Access to a 3D printer and 3D printing material.
  • A device to capture images of your design process to insert into the project portfolio.

Additional materials may be required depending on the design methods you use when developing your solution.

2 website screens showing the learning platform for PrintLab's ergonomic transformations project.

The Learning Platform

The project learning platform takes you through the full iterative design process using a variety of media - from explainer videos and Meshmixer 3D design tutorials to design method instructions and more.

4 example portfolio template slides from PrintLab's ergonomic transformations project.

The Portfolio

As you move through each stage of the project, we guide you in filling in a Google Slides template to document your design process - resulting in a beautiful and professional portfolio of work.

The Outcome

Our teaching methodology is focused around creative freedom. By using various research, design and evaluation methods, you'll learn how to create an ergonomic attachment that's completely unique!

A website screen showing the teacher instructions pop down menu from PrintLab's ergonomic transformations project.

Teacher Resources

With our education licenses, you can generate a share link to give your students access to the project learning platform. Each section of the platform also has a teacher instructions tab, which provides you with step-by-step lesson plan instructions, curriculum alignment resources and an assessment rubric.


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