This lesson has been developed and the lesson plan has been shared by Emily Cross, a Primary trainee teacher at Edge Hill University. The lesson forms part of a short introductory 3D printing project for students in KS1 or Lower KS2.

In this lesson students learn how a 3D printer works and what it can be used for. Then they create 2D designs for Robot Keyrings using Microsoft Paint, by referring to their previous design work and following a set of instructions. These 2D designs are then converted to 3D models using the slicing software and 3D printed.

Robot Keyring Project - 3D printing the keyring
3D printed robots

In The Classroom

If you want to run this project, you can learn how to use Microsoft Paint along with Cura or Dremel DigiLab 3D Slicer software to convert a 2D image into a 3D model in our 2D to 3D Masterclass Video Resources.

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