DA VINCI BRIDGE

DA VINCI BRIDGE

In this lesson, students assemble a model of Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge using the 3D printed beams provided. Students then design and 3D print their own set of beams and test the completed bridge to discover its load bearing capacity.
Subjects
MathematicsDesign and Technology
Years | Grades
7th Grade | 11-12 years8th Grade | 12-13 years9th Grade | 13-14 years10th Grade | 14-15 years11th Grade | 15-16 years
Duration
Lesson 1: 50 minutes Print time: ~ 2 hours Lesson 2: 50 minutes

Da Vinci bridge trailer
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Objectives

  • Build self-supporting bridge
  • Design and 3D print beams to construct a self-supporting bridge
  • Plan and carry out load testing
 

Tools and equipment

  • BE3D eDee Printer
  • Set of example models
  • Internet-enabled computer and access to TinkerCAD®
  • Paper pad and pencil
  • Printed lesson resources
 

Skill requirements

To participate in the lesson, students should be able to:
  • Use TinkerCAD or similar CAD software at a beginner level
  • Enter the correct 3D print settings in DeeControl layering software
  • Use a BE3D eDee 3D printer

Da Vinci Bridge Walkthrough
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3D models overview

  • Total print time 7 hours 10 minutes
  • Total filament 20 m
  • Additional non-printable components
  • Printed all at once
DA VINCI BRIDGE
  • 7 hours 10 minutes
  • 20 m
DA VINCI BRIDGE SUPPORT
  • 40 minutes
  • 1 m
DA VINCI BRIDGE SUPPORT WITH NOTCHES
  • 40 minutes
  • 1 m
Note: Values are calculated for one set of models.

Lesson resources

  • Lesson plan
  • Worksheet
  • Walkthrough
  • Walkthrough video
  • Presentation
  • 3D models
  • 3D print instructions
  • Curriculum Alignment: ISTE standard compliant