Geometric Coaster by Matt Erich

This week we are featuring this stylish 3D printed geometric coaster design shared on YouMagine by Matt Erich.

This object is a good example of how 3D printing can be utilised to design and make unique products for the home. The geometric design is particularly well suited for the “Describe and Draw It” activity. Following this, students could follow the “Improve It” activity to design and make their own geometric coasters. The Algorithm Art project resources could be used alongside this object of the week as they guide students through the process of coding geometric designs using Beetle Blocks software.

The ‚ÄúAdvertise It‚ÄĚ activity also works well with this product and provide a product. Students could design and make point of sale display and/or packaging prototypes for their finished coasters.

Useful Links

  • Download the 3D Print files and learn more about this object from YouMagine: Geometric Coaster
  • Download the resources to enable students to design and make their own geometric coasters by coding designs in Beetle Blocks: Algorithm Art Project Resources

Suggested Activities

The Geometric Coaster works well as an object to use with the following Object of the Week activities:

  • Describe It
  • Describe & Draw¬†It
  • Improve It
  • Advertise 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.

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