3D printing

3D Modeling & Printing: breathe life into your ideas!

Unit Description:What is 3D printing?

Students will learn the 3D printing process and will extend that knowledge to use 3D printing as a way to enhance their learning, teaching, or research.

The UDL approach used in this topic provides the following:

  • Multimedia presentational options to make information accessible to all students
  • Strategies and techniques to reach all students
  • Motivational options to ensure that all students can be participate and engaged

Learning Activity

1. Students will gain a basic understanding of the 3D printing process
2. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the 3D printing process
3. Student will demonstrate that 3D printing can be used for teaching, learning, and research

  1. Discussion
  2. Paper to draw or write
  3. Free Computer Applications: "Tinkercad", "Let’s Create Pottery", "Sculpteo".
  4. 3D objects

  1. Engage students in a discussion regarding what they know about 3D printing and how they can use this technology.
  2. Ask students to think about an object that they would like to print. Explain that they have options to draw or describe the model on a paper sheet.
  3. Explain that they are going to choose one of the 3D modeling applciations provided to learn how to create a 3D model that is ready to be 3D printed into a physical object. APPLICATIONS: "Tinkercad", "Let’s Create Pottery", or "Sculpteo".
  4. Use the computer in order to show a video that demonstrates how 3D printing works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTYfzfvWT4Y
  5. Ask students to read the article corresponding to the video at: http://business.financialpost.com/2012/10/03/bringing-3d-printers-to-the-masses/?__lsa=e090-34e5
  6. Pass around examples of 3-D printed objects.
  7. Explain to the class that they will be working in small groups to describe some examples of these 3-D printed objects and enumerate or write down at least three application of 3D printing in their teaching, learning, or research.
  8. Wrap-Up: Pull the whole class back together, and discuss significant learnings from today's activities.


Formative/Ongoing Assessment:

As students explore the 3-D printed objects, be available to answer any question that they might have. During the lesson wrap-up, provide a website where they can find more information about 3D printing. Also, provide contact email for future questions.

How a 3D printer works

UDL Networks

This activity would fall under the Recognition Networks and Strategic Networks.

First, the recognition network -the "what" of learning- come into place to categorize what we see, hear, and read through the following ways of customizing the display of information: Visual and non visual alternatives: Images, Graphics, Animations, Video, Article

Second, the strategic network -the "how" of learning- come into place by asking students to write in a textbook and to communicate ideas using story-telling or writing.


UDL Guidelines – Educator Worksheet - v. 2

I. Provide Multiple Means of Representation:
1. Provide options for perception: Offer alternatives for visual information
2. Provide options for language, mathematical expressions, and symbols: Illustrate through multiple media
3. Provide options for comprehension: Activate or supply background knowledge

II. Provide Multiple Means for Action and Expression:
5. Provide options for expression and communication: Use multiple media for communication; use multiple tools for construction and composition
6. Provide options for executive functions: Guide appropriate goal setting, support planning and strategy development

III. Provide Multiple Means for Engagement:
7. Provide options for recruiting interest: Optimize individual choice and autonomy
8. Provide options for sustaining effort and persistence: Heighten salience of goals and objectives, foster collaboration and community
9. Provide options for self-regulation: Promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation; develop self-assessment and reflection

Describes how you could modify the activity to better follow the UDL approach

Adding Visual and Writing resources:
The first version of the learning exercise included a video to explain the 3D printing process but did not provide written resource. The final version includes both, a video and article to reach visual and non visual learners.
Clarifying vocabulary and symbols:
I also noticed that I started the lesson without explaining the meaning of 3D printing, aka 3 Dimensional printing. It is important to provide that information in order to provide options for perception.
Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships:
Although the activity asks students to create 3D models, I did not explain the relationship between 3D modeling and 3D printing. I need to provide more information about that relationship in order to provide options for comprehension.
Optimize access to tools and assistive technologies:
The learning activity should provide access to alternative keyboards and commands for mouse action in order to install an application.
Increase mastery-oriented feedback
I need to an activity that provides feedback that encourages perseverance.

University of Houston - CUIN 7318 Current Issues in Instructional Technology I

Week 5 (July 1-7)
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)