3D Scanning and Printing

:sparkles: Updated for 2024 evaluation standards!

  • Group assignment:

    • Test the design rules for your 3D printer(s)
    • Document your work on the group work page and reflect on your individual page what you learned about characteristics of your printer(s)
  • 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 (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 answered these questions?

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


Define cannot be easily made subtractively

Answer: Your model has undercuts, overhangs, print-in-place or nested parts (that can't be disassembled), etc.

Should I include my scanned file(s)

Answer: Not necessary, files can be very large. Screenshots documenting the process and result(s) are fine.

:wink: Have a question or feedback? Use this quick link to open an issue in GitLab class repo!

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