A cartogram is a map. But it is a unique type of map because it combines statistical information with geographic location. In this lesson, students will design and print a 3D cartogram model using statistical data sourced from the Internet.  
Design and TechnologyScienceMathematicsComputingGeographyMasaryk University
Years | Grades
9th Grade | 13-14 years10th Grade | 14-15 years11th Grade | 15-16 years
Lesson 1: 90 minutes Print Time: 5 hours

Cartogram trailer
Play 0:33


  • Define the terms cartogram and cart diagram. 

  • Search the Internet for current data on the selected/entered topic for the relevant territorial units. 

  • Model administrative units (regions, states), where it uses the Z-coordinate (height) to show the chosen topic (e.g., unemployment, population density, urbanization rate, average wage, GDP….). 

  • Discuss possible causes/consequences of the spatial distribution of the phenomenon (e.g., using SWOT analysis). 


Tools and equipment

  • BE3D EDEE printer 
  • Example 3D cartogram models 
  • Access to a computer that can access the internet and TinkerCAD® 
  • Paper pad and pencil 
  • ShapePrinted lesson resources

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 DeeControl software including adjusting print settings
  • Use the BE3D EDEE 3D printer

Cartogram walkthrough
Play 3:13

3D models overview

  • Total print time 8 hours
  • Total filament 20 m
  • Additional non-printable components
  • Printed all at once
Cartogram base
  • 4 hours
  • 11.2 m
  • 15-30 minutes
  • 0.8 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