This week we are featuring this functional 3D printable bearing design shared on YouMagine by Amedee.
This object is a good example of how 3D printing can be utilised to develop students understanding of mechanical concepts and components. Students could start with the “Describe It” or “Describe and Draw It” activity in order to determine what the object is. Following this, students could inspect the bearing parts and assemble the bearing in order to understand how it works.
Following assembly, the “Research It” activity will allow students to learn more about this mechanical component. Students should find out how bearings work, benefits and applications. Finally students could undertake the “Explain It” activity in order to create a presentation to explain how bearings work and what applications they are used for.
The Thrust Bearing works well as an object to use with the following Object of the Week activities:
- Describe It
- Describe & Draw It
- Research It
- Explain It
Download the Object of the Week Teacher Guide and accompanying resources to find out more.
About Object of the Week
“Object of the Week” is a fully resourced open-ended classroom project developed by the CREATE Education Project to provide regular opportunities throughout the year for students to explore the world of 3D printing.
A series of stand-alone classroom activities have been developed to support the project. The activities allow students to:
- use their imagination
- develop speaking and listening skills
- develop descriptive and creative writing skills
- be creative
- develop research, evaluation and presentation skills
- explore future careers
- learn how real life problems are solved
- develop their own solutions
The open-ended activities are designed to be cross-curricular, for use across of range of ages/levels and weekly objects are selected to cover a range of applications and subject areas. Some objects may provide a platform for introducing or expanding on a specific topic area or as a springboard to a class project. Ideas for taking it further will be provided where applicable.
Resources include a comprehensive Teacher Guide which provides an overview of each activity and suggestions for how to deliver the activity in class. PowerPoint Interactive Classroom Activity Slides and a set of Student Worksheets are also available to support the activities. These resources can be downloaded by clicking the links in the right column.