Business, Engineering, Entrepreneurship
3D Printer, CNC Router
Description: This two-part project compares CNC (a subtractive manufacturing process) to 3D printing (an additive manufacturing process). The first part of the project involves designing and producing a toy on a CNC machine. The second part of the project involves replicating the same toy on a 3D printer and comparing the results. This project takes approximately 10.5 hours to complete.
Distance Learning: This project includes an in-person learning and distance learning option. The in-person learning option requires both a 3D printer and CNC machine to complete.
Standards: This project aligns to Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, Next Generation Science Standards, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, and Florida CPALMS Standards for sixth grade through twelfth grade.
21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Flexibility
Plan and brainstorm ideas as a team.
Write a clear and concise problem statement.
Use technology to conduct research using a variety of sources.
Create a computer-aided design.
Use an iterative design process.
Evaluate peer designs and share feedback.
Use and share makerspace equipment safely.
Compare and contrast additive manufacturing and subtractive manufacturing.
Summarize and communicate ideas effectively in the form of a presentation.