In this lesson, students will design, 3D scan and 3D print custom handlebar grips for a bicycle.

Students will start by exploring how this technique was used for creating the custom steering wheel for the Bloodhound Supersonic Car, which was modelled to fit the hands of driver Andy Green perfectly.

Following this, students will them model their own custom bicycle handlebar grips, 3D scan them then manipulate the scan so that the grips will fit onto a standard handlebar. Finally they will export their models, slice and 3D print their designs.

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In The Classroom

This lesson provides a good introduction to the 3D scanning process and using simple tools in Meshmixer whilst allowing students to design, scan and 3D print a customised item. Their are two versions of the lesson plan, one for use with a HP Sprout and the other for use with any 3D scanner and it’s accompanying scanning software.