This mini project will take you through the process of designing and 3D printing a bookmark. The accompanying tutorial introduces the process of 3D printing from a 2D image. Students can design their bookmark using any 2D drawing program, then convert the 2D image into a 3D model by importing it into Cura slicing software. The project is an ideal introduction to 3D printing and can be run with students of all ages as long as they have the basic skills to operate simple 2D drawing software such as MS Paint or any other 2D drawing software used in school.

The technique of using the Cura slicing software to extrude a 3D model from a 2D shape is demonstrated in the Cura Tutorial Video 13: 2D to 3D.

The following resources are available to download to accompany this project:

  • Creating a Bookmark Tutorial: Providing step-by-step instructions of the techniques required.
  • Bookmark Template: A simple template image that less able students can use as a starting point to add their personal design to.
  • Bookmark Example: An image and a sliced .gcode file ready to 3D print, to use an example when introducing the project to your students.

In The Classroom

This mini-project can be completed by students in 1-2 lessons depending upon their age and their ability in using a 2D drawing package. More able students can attempt more complex bookmark shapes and surface designs. Less able students could be given the pre-drawn bookmark template to open up in their 2d drawing software, that they just add surface designs to.

The project is a nice simple project, suitable for introducing the 3D printing process to students and each bookmark prints in less than half an hour. This makes a great activity for World Book Day or could also be used for a business enterprise activity. Schools could also create a school design, print a batch and award them to star students.