Braille Cube

In this lesson you will be challenged to design and print a braille cube. To start, you will learn about braille, its history and origin and how it is used today. You will then design the 3D model and print it. Using your model, you will create letters to challenge your friends and to write your name.
Design and TechnologyHistoryMathematicsMasaryk University
Years | Grades
7th Grade | 11-12 years8th Grade | 12-13 years9th Grade | 13-14 years10th Grade | 14-15 years
Lesson 1: 90 minutes Lesson 2: 45 minutes Print Time: ~4 hours per cube

Braille Cube Trailer
Play 0:28


  • Understand and demonstrate the process of creating technical documentation 

  • Design and sketch a target object 

  • Create an accurate 3D model of the object (basic geometric bodies, prisms, rotating bodies) 

  • 3D print the modelled object 

  • Write your name in braille using your cube as an aid.


Tools and equipment

  • Paper and pens/pencils  

  • Printed models


Skill requirements

To participate in the lesson, students should be able to: 
  • Use TinkerCAD, Fusion 360 or Similar CAD software at an intermediate level 

  • Be comfortable using DeeControl2 software, including adjusting print settings 

  • Use the BE3D eDee 3D printer 

Braille Cube Walkthrough
Play 6:43

3D models overview

  • Total print time 6 hours 15 minutes
  • Total filament 13.3 m
  • Additional non-printable components
  • Printed all at once
Bottom Dial with integrated spindle
  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • 5.2 m
Middle Dial
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 3.8 m
Top Dial with Rebate for Cap
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 3.8 m
Screw Cap
  • 30 minutes
  • 0.54 m
Note: Values are calculated for one set of models.

Lesson resources

  • Lesson plan 

  • Example models 

  • Worksheet 

  • Walkthrough 

  • Presentation 

  • 3D models 

  • 3D print instructions 

  • Curriculum alignment