From 2D to 3D Printing Workshop

Introducing 3D shapes and 3D printing technology

Students will learn how 3D printers work and explore various ways a 3D shape can be made through craft-based activities. They will produce a 3D model from a 2D cookie cutter design.

This cross-curricular workshop combines Maths with Computing, Art and Design Technology at KS1 and KS2 and is suitable for Year 2 or Year 3 students. At the end of the workshop, each student will have a cookie cutter 3D printed from their own design.

This workshop:

  • Runs for half a day*
  • With a maximum of 30 students
  • 2½ – 3hrs to work around individual school day timings

From £300 for a half day workshop (dependent upon location of school).


This workshop provides:

  • A complete project around the 2D and 3D shapes topic.
  • Resources fully mapped to the relevant curriculum areas.
  • A copy of all the workshop resources, enabling you to run the workshop with other groups of students in the future.
  • Potential to take advantage of the  CREATE Education 3D printer loan scheme.
  • A 3D print of each student’s cookie cutter design.

During the workshop’s students will:

  • Learn how 3D printers work.
  • Discover some of the applications of 3D printing.
  • Design and create their own 3D model.

Planned Learning Experiences

In this workshop students will:

  • Learn how 3D printers work and how they can produce 3D object.
  • Understand that a 3D printed model is usually made from a 3D design.
  • Learn how to produce a 3D model from a 2D sketch using the “scribble” tool in Tinkercad 3D modelling software.
  • Produce a 3D model of a cookie cutter using Tinkercad software.
  • Learn how 3D objects can be made from nets then make common 3D shapes from nets.
  • Learn how 3D prints are made up from layers of material then make simple models from layers of card.
  • Complete a workshop evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

  • 3D model made from a card net.
  • 3D model made from layers of card.
  • 3D CAD model design of a cookie cutter.
  • 3D printed cookie cutter.
  • Project evaluation.

Key concepts and terminology

  • Additive manufacturing
  • 3D modelling
  • 3D printing
  • Slicing
  • CAD (computer aided design)
  • CAM (computer aided manufacturing)
  • 3D net
  • 3D shapes eg cube, cuboid, pyramid, cylinder, cone, sphere, tetrahedron

KS1 Yr2 Maths POS

  • To identify and describe the properties of 2-D shapes, including the number of sides.
  • To identify and describe the properties of 3-D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces.
  • To identify 2-D shapes on the surface of 3-D shapes.
  • To compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes.

KS2 Yr3 Maths POS

  • To draw 2-D shapes and make 3-D shapes using modelling materials.
  • To recognise 3-D shapes in different orientations and describe them.

KS1 Computing POS

  • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies.
  • Are confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
  • To use technology purposefully to create, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
  • To recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.

KS2 Computing POS

  • Are confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
  • To apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies.
  • To work with various forms of output.
  • To use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs and content.

KS1 Art POS

  • To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
  • To use drawing and sculpture to develop and share their ideas and imagination.
  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using line, shape, form and space.

KS2 Art POS

  • To develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing and sculpture with a range of materials.

KS1 Design Technology POS

  • To design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria.
  • To generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through information and communication technology.
  • To use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.
  • To use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials.
  • To evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria.

KS2 Design Technology POS

  • To develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • To build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills.
  • To generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through computer-aided design.
  • To use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, shaping], accurately.
  • To evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.

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