Participants create a 3D printed figurine as a group with individuals each designing a part of the figurine (such as head, torso, arms, and legs). A ball and socket joint is used to attach the body parts of the figurine and allow for movement.
This project was specifically designed to have a relatively short 3D print time by having a group create one figurine that must fit within a 3D printer’s bed.
Design for manufacture and assembly: participants learn how to break their design into parts for 3D printing. It also introduces a method of attaching objects to allow for movement.
Systems engineering: this approach teaches participants how to work together to design parts of a figurine which must function as a whole. Teamwork and communication: participants practice teamwork and communication skills by working together to create a figurine.
Biology: participants learn about the anatomical structure of the ball and socket joint and how to apply this structure to a design.
3D design: participants are introduced to 3D design and modeling. 3D printing: participants learn how a 3D printer operates and how to print 3D objects.