3D Printing

Learning Goals:

To introduce students to the world of 3D printing

to learn the basics of programs such as Meshmixer and Recap

To create a 3d printed object combing a real-world object and Meshmixer

To reinforce the Elements of Design and apply them to the project


Project Description:

Students are to create a 3d print by combining an object from the real world and an object on Meshmixer. This object should implement the elements of design we touched upon previously in chapter one.

Project Worksheet and Vocab:

New to Meshmixer? Not to fear, here is an article to help you get started.

Student Examples: 

The first student project we are going to look at is Lauren Gonzales:

3D Printing Model

Project Description: For this project, we played around with mesh mixer to create a 3D, dynamic, asymmetrical piece. We were given a lot of creative freedom with this piece seeing that the only requirements were that the piece should be 5 inches high, asymmetrical, sitting on a flat surface, and dynamic.

Lateral Thinking: I had never worked with Meshmixer previous to this project, so this piece was a bit of a challenge to create. After watching the videos that were provided to us, I had a better understanding of how to use the application. For this project, we had a lot of creative freedom with little restrictions. This piece is called Alphabet Soup. When you look into your bowl of Alphabet soup, I believe that the words you see in your soup, are words that you want to see. I think this is a reflection of most things we look at life, especially when it comes to art. We had reviewed this concept in class, analyzing whether an artist’s intention with his or her piece supersedes how the audience perceives the art. When one looks at a bowl of alphabet soup or a masterpiece on a wall, they will always consider their own thoughts and perspective and make their judgment of the meaning based on their own personal perceptions.

Sketchbook Drawings:



Material Studies:

3D Printers lay down heated plastic in layers to create three-dimensional objects. With this technology, I could create my piece and turn in my final product. 3D models are created through the Plymouth State Print Depot using “CAD software.”

Finished Piece:


The second student we will be looking at is Jasper Wilder:


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