Students worked on the design of a rather simple mechanical device such a vise or a hand drill and executed 3D-prints of the unfinished designed parts every now and then for visual aid.

Additional Info

  • Period of implementation: 42 Hours
  • Country where the practice was developed : Finland
  • Provider of the practice : Salpaus Further Education - Lathi
  • Targetg group: EQF level 5
  • How to implement the practice :

    Teacher assigns to the students an exercise of a mechanical device of which parts are not too complicated to 3D-print.

    Students design and 3D-model the device from scratch.

    When several 3D-models prototypes of the device are available, students export them to a 3D-printing slicer. Notice temperature settings must be according with the 3D-printing filament material type. Monitoring the 3D-printer while working is recommended, at the very least the success of the full first layer.

    The 3D-prints provide visual aid and can simulate assemblies with decent accuracy. Based on them product development is more clear and teamwork is easier.

  • Prerequisite knowledge:

    In addition to having a deep understandig of the 3D-modelling programs, the teacher has to learn the correct use of the 3D-printer available and be able to solve personally/with service support common errors and difficulties of 3D-printing.

  • Main learning outcomes from the practice :

    Students get familiar to the 3D-printing technology in the engineering and production aspects.

  • Needed/Suggested digital tools:
    • - Mechanical 3D-modelling program
    • - 3D-printing slicer
  • The practice was carried: : Hybrid online/classroom
  • Critical points to shift towards STEM learning and solutions:

    Nowadays 3D-printers can be available in any design office, so it is really advantageous for the students to have 3D-printing experience.

  • Positive aspects of participatory learning :

    Students get 3D-printing experience.

  • Negative aspects of participatory learning:

    Students may avoid 3D-printing just to get ready earlier.

  • Included green education (if any):

    3D-printing has minimal material waste compared to machining technologies.  

Read 50 times Last modified on Saturday, 21 January 2023 08:24

Add comment

WARNING! If you add a comment you accept the privacy policy!

Security code