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Lesson Idea 10: Halloween Pumpkin Design

Domenico_DDomenico_D Member, Onshape Employees Posts: 59 EDU
edited November 2020 in Educator Discussion

Curriculum Idea: Students will create a pumpkin and carving design 

Topic area: Design

Description:  Assign students to find/sketch their own design to carve into a pumpkin. Students can also be tasked with modeling their pumpkin in Onshape. Their are number of ways to make a pumpkin in Onshape with varying degrees of difficulty (simple revolve, circular patterning, surface modeling, etc). They can then take a photo of their carving hand sketch with a phone/other device and import it into Onshape. Then, trace this photo in a sketch so that the sketch can be used to extrude remove from their pumpkin model. 

Learning Objectives: After completing this project, students should be able to:

  1. Use images as a start for a sketch
  2. See how the same object can be modeled different ways
  3. Develop conceptual designs while thinking about if it could actually be manufactured (carved)


Link to Model (Has three examples of ways to model a pumpkin)

 Other resources:

Pumpkin Ideas: https://www.insider.com/easy-pumpkin-carving-ideas-2017-10#try-a-simple-ghost-design-11


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    kate_leipold_ritkate_leipold_rit Member Posts: 36 EDU
    edited October 2020
    I also do pumpkins!  Students are required to include a loft, a sweep and a shell.  Our goal is to focus on a size about 2" diameter and we design them to 3D print and sit on top of an LED tea light! Personally, I love the little lock-in lid design. 

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    kate_leipold_ritkate_leipold_rit Member Posts: 36 EDU
    I also create a pumpkin patch. - I have an assembly with a pattern of mate connectors that students in one section all add their pumpkins too.
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    Domenico_DDomenico_D Member, Onshape Employees Posts: 59 EDU
    @kate_leipold_rit You should checkout the design contest for students to enter on Instagram:

    How students can enter to win the Amazon gift card:
    • Model a jack-o’-lantern in Onshape 
    • Share a screenshot or video of your model on Instagram 
    • Include the hashtag #MyOnshape in your caption
    • Tag and follow both @ptc_academic and @onshapeinc
    Winners will be picked randomly - this means all they have to do is follow the instructions above to be entered for your chance to win the gift card. For more details on the rules and guidelines click here.
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    kate_leipold_ritkate_leipold_rit Member Posts: 36 EDU
    Shared it on our course page.  :)

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    Domenico_DiMareDomenico_DiMare Member, Onshape Employees Posts: 85
    OCTOBER 2021

    *Disclaimer, we are not running a competition for pumpkin models in 2021, the rules and Amazon gift card offer above are not active and valid for October 2021.   We encourage you and your students to share your work on social media using #MyOnshape for a chance to be reposted on our platforms.
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