Ask your students, “What real-world problems are we facing today that we could design a solution for?” Prototyping is a method engineers use to develop new technologies quickly before mass manufacturing. Prototypes, especially ones made with 3D printers, are created with cheaper material so that they can be tested and redesigned over and over until a final product is decided. Product testing considerations can include final cost, functionality, design, and comfort. What topics can your class come up with? Challenge your students to create 3D models for their solutions and, if possible, print them out for testing! Students can journal ideas and then search the Thingiverse database for related objects; encourage them to modify and remix uploaded Things or create their very own designs in Tinkercad.
Example Topics to Discuss