Introduction to 3D printing for kids

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Design an object and we'll send it to you

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Introduction to 3D printing

This activity will give you an introduction to the process of 3D printing, show you how to use a free online tool and guide you through designing your first object.

You can make almost anything! For example, you could design a small charm, or a personalised keyring. It's ideal for students aged between 9 and 16.

Here's how it works:

  • Buy the activity
  • Watch the tutorial
  • Log in to Tinkercad
  • Create some 3D designs
  • Choose one favourite design and show it's finished by adding "PRINT THIS" to its name
  • We will check the design and leave comments if needed
  • Adjust your chosen design if required
  • We will 3D print the design and post it to you!

Please choose the colour in which you would like the object to be printed before clicking "Buy".

Want to arrange this for a group of students? Please contact us

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Yellow

Red

Orange

Cyan

  First choose a colour for the final printed object

  Buy one small object: £15 (including UK postage & packing)

Clicking 'Buy 1' will open a new PayPal window. UK customers only. Payments are processed securely via PayPal. Please ensure your email and delivery addresses are correct in your PayPal account. You can add a note in the PayPal payment page if you want to pass on more information.

Objects will be printed in one colour. Please select your chosen colour above.

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Tutorial

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What will you make?

Here are some ideas to get you going. If we like your design, we'll add an image of it here!

Robot Guitar Creepy crawly Laptop Aeroplane Smiling robot Car Droid

HINTS: Note how some of the designs work best lying down (like the robot) or even upside-down (like the guitar). This helps to avoid overhanging parts (the bits that stick out with nothing holding them up) as much as possible, and also gives the object a good, wide base.

A very small amount of overhang may be OK (for example, the headlights on the car) but usually any part that sticks out too far will look rough or stringy.

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What will you get?

We will print one object - its size will be similar to the examples shown here.

Robots Size of typical object

You can see the colours to choose from above. Here, a robot design is also shown next to a pound coin, for scale. We will adjust your design to make it a similar volume to this. Please note, we will print one object - the multiple examples above are to illustrate the available colours.

Here are some guides with more information:

Guide for parents
Guide for kids

Enquiries

Please contact us to ask a question.

We'll be happy to discuss your requirements.

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