This project is intended for learners to develop knowledge of 3D printers and rapid prototyping whilst investigating differing types of structures and their uses. The project will enable learners to be immersed within a true STEAM experience, undertaking elements from Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

Learners working within groups of four or five, will be required to develop a solution to a set design brief. They will be required to develop a rapid assembly shelter that can be dispatched to areas suffering from humanitarian crisis, but that also can be manufactured on site.

Learners will be required to investigate frame structures and how to reinforce these structures using triangulation. They will also investigate the differing types of forces that can impact and weaken these structures. Learners will be tasked with designing 3D printed components that can be used to hold wooden or plastic members together in the creation of a frame structure. In the development of a solution Autodesk inventor (or other 3D modelling software) will be used to draw CAD models in the creation of the 3D printed components. The prototype created should be a scaled model that can use art straws or wooden dowels as the frames members.

CREATE Education would like to thank our ambassador Lloyd Griffiths for kindly sharing this project with us.

Example student outcomes

In The Classroom

This project covers approximately 12 x 1hr lessons but could be adapted to suit the time available. The downloadable planning resource for this project includes the project overview, learning objectives and a design brief. It also includes an outline of all the individual lesson activities.

This project has been designed to utilise the CAD software Autodesk Inventor and the slicing software Cura, however in practice any CAD and slicing software can be used to design and create the 3D prototype models, depending upon which software you have access to.