3D Scanning and Printing

:blush: Updated for 2020 evaluation standards!

  • Group assignment

    • Test the design rules for your printer(s)
    • Document your work and explain what are the limits of your printer(s) (in a group or individually)
  • Individual assignment:

    • Design and 3D print an object (small, few cm3, limited by printer time) that could not be easily made subtractively
    • 3D scan an object, try to prepare it for printing (and optionally print it)

Learning outcomes

  • Identify the advantages and limitations of 3D printing
  • Apply design methods and production processes to show your understanding of 3D printing.
  • Demonstrate how scanning technology can be used to digitize object(s)

Have you

  • Linked to the group assignment page
  • Explained what you learned from testing the 3D printers
  • Documented how you designed and made your object and explained why it could not be easily made subtractively
  • Documented how you scanned and prepared an object (for 3D printing)
  • Included your original design files for 3D printing (both CAD and common format for 3D printing)
  • Included your hero shots


Define cannot be easily made subtractively

Answer: Your model has undercuts), overhangs, nested parts, meshes etc.

What is a common format for 3D printing

Answer: STL, OBJ or 3MF (please make your file small for the repository, compress reduce etc.)

Should I include my scanned file(s)

Answer: Not necessary, files can be very large