CAD and 3D Printing I

Ages: 10-14
Cost: $480 ($100 deposit)
Schedule: Tue, 1/24 to 5/9, 4:00-5:30pm
Instructor: Adam Zelny

This 14 class workshop will serve as a project-based introduction to CAD (computer aided design), 3D printing, and the design process in general. Students will explore how ideas transition through multiple stages before resulting in a final product, and how 3D printing can be used to prototype ideas before deciding on a final variation. During each project, students will be encouraged to experiment by making their designs functionally and/or artistically unique, and all designs may be taken home by the student!

Project 1: Figurines

Students learn how to navigate the CAD software while designing humanoid figurines, and how to prepare their models to be 3D printed. Basic CAD terms and techniques will be practiced in an artistic approach to 3D model making. We will also touch upon metric measurement and its role in digital design and fabrication, as well as the fundamentals of how a 3D printer works.

Project 2: Jewelry

The class learns how to design objects that interact with our bodies in the form of rings, pendants, necklaces, and bracelets. This project brings art and engineering together as students learn about the crucial role of measurement in the design process while prototyping different pieces of wearable plastic. We will also explore how 3D printers are capable of rendering designs with linked yet movable parts.

Project 3: Trebuchet

For our final project we will design and print a functional miniature trebuchet, a medieval seige weapon now typically used to convey principles in modern physics. Students will be guided through part of the design process, and will have the opportunity to print and test a first model, then revise and print a second, if needed. As we explore trebuchet design, we will discuss some basic elements of physics and consider how this knowledge can be used to make our trebuchets more effective.