Our 3D printer station for CoderDojo in January involved turning 2D art into 3D art, and then using printed 3D artwork and cardboard to create sculptures.
Original lesson plan from MakerBot Learning available here.
Printable Templates for cardboard and 2D drawings.
Students first use a black Sharpie marker and paper templates to create circular-based artwork. I had some examples and non-examples printed, and together we made a chart to include which design features would print best/worst. The items with the checkmark will print nicely, but the design with the “X” will not. Can you see why?
Students then made their own designs, used Adobe Illustrator to live trace and convert the file, imported into Tinkercad, and printed.
We had cardboard pieces and several 3D printed artwork pieces ready in advance, so students could build sculptures while waiting for their design to print.