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Blended Learning, Playlist for 3D printing

Hello fellow teachers, wondering was anyone created or played with a blended learning technique using 3D printing classes.

Blended learning playlists is a list of projects where students have freedom in creativity but an outline what what is expected to turn in. Most teachers that have these in their classes have a date timeline. By  October 15th you must have completed 5 of these projects. 

Trying to work on developing on for my 3-D printing class, but lacking creativity. 

Any help would greatly be appreciated. 


  • rune_thorsen229rune_thorsen229 Member Posts: 152 EDU
    This sounds very interesting approach. Around here there are schools with 3D printers, but they seem underutilized. It would be nice to exchange some ideas of how to facilitate that. Sometimes creativity is also suppressed by the lack of knowledge of that is/is not possible with the tools avaliable.
  • david_kurtzdavid_kurtz Member Posts: 13 EDU
    @emily_larae_smith I have a CAD class that does a some of what you are describing.  Students progress through the curriculum at their own pace.  I do have deadlines, but they are only introduced when 75% of the class has already completed the assignment.  I also allow students to revise projects as many times as they want.  

    We start with a few required projects that build skills.  A cube puzzle, a cube with a hole, linear/circular patterns, revolve, make a part from a drawing.  We then move to duplicating a Lego of the student's choice.  They use calipers to take measurements then design the part in CAD.  This allows them to differentiate the project based on their confidence.  Next, we have a partnership with an Art class, designing household products.  CAD students choose their next project from the designs made by their peers in the Art class.  After that, the CAD students can propose their own projects.  Throughout the course I offer a few design challenges for no points (Expo marker, pencil, horseshoe, fidget spinner).

  • peter_zpeter_z Member Posts: 4 PRO

    @emily_larae_smith PTC Academic has recently designed an exercise especially for users new to CAD and/or Onshape— the "Eyeglasses Editing Exercise", that might fit your needs. This exercise shows new CAD users how to edit and customize an eyeglasses frame using a public Onshape Document, and prompts them to export the results for 3D printing. You can try it here.

    We've also worked with Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) to develop additional Onshape exercises. Here's a link to a page of Onshape Challenges if you're looking for more open ended exercises: https://sites.google.com/view/onshape-challenges/home.

  • bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 466 PRO

    fascinating exercises!  I would like to share with some students.  I am not seeing how to get the documents at the 'onshape-challenges' page?  Are they public and where do we access?
  • peter_zpeter_z Member Posts: 4 PRO
    @bruce_williams Good catch. I asked the Tufts team and for the exercises that have public docs, they have added links.
  • bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 466 PRO
    perfect!  What a great thing for learners to do during 'stay at home'.
  • justin_36justin_36 Member Posts: 20 EDU
    Thank you @peter_z and @bruce_williams

    We've been doing Onshape for many years in the classroom, making our own materials but also referring to Onshape's. Glad to see these two new editions.

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