Credit Card Kits

Credit Card Kits

Credit card tools and toys are currently all the rage. Can you rise to the challenge and design your own? Carry out some research into injection moulding techniques and discover why 3D printing can be a more economic and useful alternative. Then design, model and 3D print your very own Credit Card Model and test assemble it to make sure that it works. Good luck!
Subjects
Design and TechnologyScienceComputingMathematics
Years | Grades
9th Grade | 13-14 years11th Grade | 15-16 years10th Grade | 14-15 years
Duration
Lesson 1: 90 minutes Print Time: ~1 hour

Credit Card Kits trailer
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Objectives

  • Design and measure to a precision of 0.2 mm
  • Demonstrate how to align objects in TinkerCAD or similar CAD program
  • Employ tolerances and offsets to a precision of 0.2 mm
  • Design, model, 3D print and assemble a credit card model kit
 

Tools and equipment

  • BE3D eDee printer
  • Scissors (1 per student group)
  • Polystyrene cement or PVA glue
 

Skill requirements

To participate in the lesson, students should be able to:
  • Follow dimensions displayed as a technical drawing
  • Use TinkerCAD, Fusion 360 or similar CAD software at an intermediate level
  • Be comfortable using DeeControl software including adjusting print settings
  • Use the BE3D eDee 3D printer

Credit Card Kits walkthrough
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3D models overview

  • Total print time 16 hours 25 minutes
  • Total filament 20 m
  • Additional non-printable components
  • Printed all at once
CREDIT CARD ASSEMBLY
  • 40 minutes
  • 1.6 m
DA VINCI CARD 1
  • 3 hours
  • 3.1 m
DA VINCI CARD 2
  • 3 hours
  • 3.1 m
MARS LANDER CARD 1
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • 4.3 m
MARS LANDER CARD 2
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • 4.3 m
MARS LANDER CARD 3
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • 5.2 m
MARS LANDER CARD 4
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • 5.2 m
X WING CARD
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 1.5 m
SIMPLE GRAVITY RACER CARD 1
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • 4.3 m
SIMPLE GRAVITY RACER CARD 2
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • 4.3 m
Note: Values are calculated for one set of models.

Lesson resources

  • Lesson plan
  • Example models
  • Worksheet
  • Walkthrough
  • Presentation
  • Walkthrough video
  • Supporting images and graphics
  • 3D models
  • 3D print instructions
  • Curriculum alignment