This is a set of models for a 3D printable plant cell puzzle. You can have fun printing all the different pieces in different colors. I did this from filament samples I got from different companies.
Students can see how the different organelles fit into the cell. This is a eukaryotes plant cell, but you can also model animal cells and prokaryotic by adding or removing pieces.
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multiple or white
you can print all in white and color with a sharpie marker or dry erase maker.
Overview and Background
3D printing cell parts
For this I printed at 0.3 mm resolution with filament samples from various companies. Print the base file in 2 colors for contrast, and the chlorplast file green.
Lesson Plan and Activity
This can be printed with any filament. If you only have white, you can print them all in white and color them with a permanent marker or dry erase marker. to model a prokaryotic cell, leave out the nucleus piece and use string.
- plant cell
- animal cell
3D print the parts to show how to model them. Students can use your ideas to design their own in TinkerCAD.
Rubric and Assessment
You can use the handout on teacher pay teacher, or assess their designs with a rubric.