Resource Overview

In this project, students will first follow a step-by-step video tutorial to learn some of the basic tools and functions of Onshape 3D modelling software by making an example dice model. Students will then be set a design challenge to create their own "Emoji Dice" Prototype giving them the opportunity to apply their new skills.


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  • Onshape Dice Tutorial (video)
  • Emoji Dice Design Challenge (pdf-file)
  • Example Dice STL Files (3d-file)

Students will start by following a step-by-step video tutorial where they will learn the basics of 3D modelling using primitives and sketches. They will set up a new design document, model a basic dice, then use different tools to model the details on each surface of the dice. Finally they will learn to save and export the file for 3D printing.

Students will then be set a design challenge to create their own “Emoji Dice” Prototype. A single page design challenge task sheet has been produced to direct students through the project. This includes the Design Brief, along with suggested activities for Project Research, Development of Ideas, Final Design, 3D Modelling, 3D Printing and Testing/Evaluating. The design challenge allows students to work independently to develop their Onshape sketching skills further and produce their own product prototype design.

The resources for this project include:

  • Onshape Dice Tutorial Video
  • Example Dice STL to demonstrate the tutorial outcome
  • Emoji Dice Design Challenge Tasksheet
  • 2 x Example Emoji Dice STL (feelings and weather) for demonstrating possible project outcomes

In The Classroom


This project is perfect for introducing FOnshape to students from KS3 upwards as it covers many of the basics of the software. The tutorial allows students to learn the basics in a guided manner before being set an independent design task to practice and develop their skills further.

Prior to starting this project, students will each need an Onshape Education Account to be able to log into the software.

The dice are small (2cm x 2cm x 2cm) and can be 3D printed quickly and at low cost, so each student will be able to have a 3D printed prototype. Multiple dice can be arranged and sliced on a single build plate so a complete class will only require 2-3 print runs.