Integrating 3D printing into the classroom is no easy task. There are many important steps to learn - from 3D modeling to slicing and then actually printing.
When it comes to actually obtaining a 3D model to print there are a couple of different methods. The most common method is designing the print yourself. Most educators will opt to use software like Tinkercad or OnShape.
Designing your own file to print is a great way to teach students design thinking and computational thinking. However, this process can sometimes be time-consuming and may limit the type of objects you can print depending on your 3D modeling skill level.
Enter Thingiverse. Thingiverse is one of many open-source platforms educators can use to find more complex and detailed 3D models to print. Using a platform like this is a great way to print science models, historical artifacts, and other complicated models without having to actually design them yourself.
We've compiled a list of 10 different 3D model files that can be used for education. Whether you choose to download the files or use them as inspiration and get your students to model it themselves, these 3D prints are sure to make an impact on student learning!
1. Periodic Table (Science)
Print each element group in a different colour and then piece them together to create a full periodic table!
Download file here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2225311
2. Animal Cell (Science)
Print out this model for your science class and have students label each of the different parts that make up the animal cell.
Download file here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:689381
3. Fraction Blocks (Math)
Use this model to illustrate how fractions work! Print out each set of blocks in a different colour for an even greater effect.
Download file here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:183053
4. Pythagorean Theorem Model (Math)
Use this Pythagorean Thereom model to illustrate this advanced math concept for students.
Download model here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:245202
5. Ancient Pyramid Model (History)
Download and print this model of the Giza Pyramids to illustrate how ancient Egyptians civilization functioned.
Download file here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:312652
6. Geographical Land Forms and Mountains (Geography)
This file has a library of different large mountain models that you can print! Perfect for learning about topography, sea level, and other geographical concepts.
Download file here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1277448
7. Word Dice Game (English)
With this dice game, each student rolls one of the 3D printed dice, the student must then spell a word starting with whatever letter is face-up on the dice. You can make this game competitive by adding rules like whichever student can spell the shortest or longest word wins a point.
Download file here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3068711
8. Replica Early Settlers Artifacts (Social Studies)
This miniature 3D printed wood cabin is a great example of an early settler artifact that can be used to illustrate stories of the Westward Expansion and the Homestead Act.
Download file here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1353273
9. 3D Printed Art Pieces (Art)
Use 3D printing to supplement student art projects. Allow students to design and print their own art tools or decorative elements to use in their art pieces!
Download file here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:13597
10. Measuring Cup (Home Economics/Hospitality)
This cool model is a handy measuring cup that combines multiple tools into one simple object!
Download file here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2676324
That's all for now! Stay tuned for even more cool 3D printing projects coming to our blog soon.