Students use TinkerCad and a Makerbot printer to design and create their own signature stamps for working with clay.
Overview and Background
Students usually mark clay and other 3D pieces with their initials as they create them. This is often referred to as a maker's mark. With this project, students will have the opportunity to design and create their own maker's mark or "signature" for their clay pieces. Students have the opportunity to be creative, while working within some pretty specific constraints.
There is a lot of opportunity for problem solving, trial and error, and ultimately success.
After creating the maker's mark, students will be able to mark each of their pieces in a unique and consistent way, thus identifying themselves as the creator.
Lesson Plan and Activity
Day 1: Discussion of maker's mark. What is it's purpose? Where are they found? How are they created? Look at some examples from other artists.
Day 2: Introduce the activity. Students will be designing for 3D printing their own maker's mark. Demonstrate how to use TinkerCad. Students explore in TinkerCad.
Day 3-5: Distribute activity constraints. Students work to design maker's mark. When complete, they download as STL and share with teacher. Teacher prints the objects. Students evaluate their maker's mark, test it out, and redesign if necessary.
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