This package is an educational project I have created for my product design A level. I have been fascinated by Thingiverse and the brilliant creativity it encourages since I discovered it about a year ago. It acted as my inspiration for this project, and I hope you can all get enjoyment out of this concept and help to develop it further.
The project is built from the ground up around modularity. The three main parts that can be modified are-
This concept allows for an almost unlimited number of possibilities regarding flight profiles and dynamics, creating a system to educate about all manner of different principles.
The package also allows for the use of cO2 canisters for a more powerful and exciting launch, though the project can be entirely functional without these. A trigger mechanism is included however some items cannot be printed and need to be purchased. These include-
-A 2mm Carbon fibre rod (To connect the tail and the fuselage
-A metal scribe
-A 11mm diameter spring
Assembly of the product is intuitive, and side specific assembly interfaces should prevent incorrect assembly of crucial parts.
I hope you enjoy the project and I'm looking forward to seeing how it evolves with the contribution of the wonderfully creative Thingiverse community!
A Level Project
I designed this project on Rhino 5 with the help of my teachers, my father and liberal use of YouTube tutorials. I based the designs around the cO2 canister, a model of which I found on thingiverse! I used layers and lines to create the plan view of the project and then revolved the round sections and used tools such as sweep to form the wings. I sliced the files using Cura, and printed them on my Ultimaker 3. This project was dominated by rapid prototyping which developed my designs rapidly.
Overview and Background
The AIR EDUCATION Package.
I am a student from the UK studying design technology at A level. For my project I had to create a unique and innovative product, and I was inspired massively by thingiverse when I discovered it a year or so ago, and I thought I would like to base my project around the open source network thingiverse so brilliantly curates. I've always been inspired by flight and aircraft design since seeing a spitfire for the first time when I was younger and have always felt the inspirational power of flight could be better used to create interest in the design technology and science fields of education. I was taught the basics of Rhino at school and by my father, and have found it to be a very easy tool to get to grips with over the course of my project, and with the help of YouTube tutorials my skills have developed considerably over the course of this year. The design of this product was enjoyable yet very extensive, and it has evolved purely through many stages of prototyping and re evaluation. This project has helped me develop my knowledge and skills with CAD and additive manufacturing, and I believe it can help others in the educational field to teach kids the same skills. The project has already seen some substantial success, and its amazing to see! I'm eager where the marvellous creativity of the thingiverse community takes the project and I shall be continuing support after I have finished the course.
Lesson Plan and Activity
Using the Air Education Project in the classroom
It was a joy to finally be able to utilise the project in a classroom environment, and I loved the reactions of the class I took using the project. I didn't have a precise lesson plan but I did have an idea of what I wanted to do with the class which is as follows-
Firstly arrange the models out on a desk in an array format to display all the aspects and modules of the model so the students can engage with and ask about each different component.
Secondly I explained the concept of modularity to the students and the purpose and physics behind each component (for example how the cO2 capsules acted to propel the model) Then I briefly explained the concepts of additive manufacturing and took them out to the field where I had pre-prepared the launch methods and launch site.
I then asked the students to give me a countdown, ensuring they were all at a safe distance- this helps them to feel engaged with the project, and has some rather shameless excitement quality to it.
I built up the different models from the glider up to the rocket to give a natural progression to the more exciting elements of the project with more punch to engage the class for the last portion of the session.
I think this project could be used at a relatively low level such as primary or elementary school level all the way up to GCSE or High School level- the teaching context is the only factor that restricts the level these concepts are explained.
Additional materials needed
Unfortunately not all this project can be printed. Some components are required.
-2mm carbon/ dowel rod.
-12g cO2 cartridges (the product can run on elastic power, so does NOT need these per say)
-Scribe/ punch (for puncturing the canisters)