Matryoshka Dolls

Matryoshka (Maa-Trio-Sh-Ka) dolls, also known as Babushka dolls, stacking dolls, nesting dolls, or Russian dolls, are a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another. In this lesson, students will design and print their own Matryoshka doll designs. While the project is intended to be a single lesson with printing following the lesson, the project can be extended to a second lesson, if desired, by either testing the printed designs and suggesting future improvements or painting their models using acrylic paints.
Design and TechnologyScienceComputingArt and Design
Years | Grades
9th Grade | 13-14 years10th Grade | 14-15 years11th Grade | 15-16 years7th Grade | 11-12 years8th Grade | 12-13 years
Lesson 1: 60 minutes Print Time : 7 to 8 hours

Matryoshka Dolls trailer
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  • Understand the functional requirements of a Matryoshka doll 
  • Use TinkerCAD® software to design a set of Matryoshka dolls optimized for 3D printing
  • Manufacture Matryoshka dolls using a 3D printer 

Tools and equipment

  • BE3D eDee printer
  • Set of example models
  • A computer that can access the internet and TinkerCAD
  • Paper pad and pencil
  • Printed lesson resources
  • Acrylic paint & brushes (optional)

Skill requirements

To participate in the lesson, students should be able to:
  • Use TinkerCAD, Fusion 360 or Similar CAD software at a beginner/intermediate level
  • Be comfortable using DeeControl software including adjusting print settings
  • Using the BE3D eDee 3D printer

Matryoshka Dolls walkthrough
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3D models overview

  • Total print time 15 hours 30 minutes
  • Total filament 37.1 m
  • Additional non-printable components
  • Printed all at once
  • 8 hours
  • 19.5 m
  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • 17.6 m
Note: Values are calculated for one set of models.

Lesson resources

  • Lesson plan
  • Example Matryoshka models (Doll and egg)
  • Worksheet
  • Walkthrough
  • Presentation
  • 3D models
  • 3D print instructions
  • Curriculum Alignment: ISTE standard compliant