The ocarina, Italian for ‘little goose’, is an ancient wind musical instrument, a type of flute. Ocarinas vary in design, but are typically made up of an enclosed space with four to twelve finger holes and a mouthpiece. The instrument is traditionally made from clay or ceramic, but other materials are also used, such as plastic, wood, glass, metal, and even bone. In this lesson, students will make and learn to play a 3D printed ocarina.
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Years | Grades
7th Grade | 11-12 years8th Grade | 12-13 years9th Grade | 13-14 years10th Grade | 14-15 years11th Grade | 15-16 years
Lesson 1: 90 minutes Print Time: 9 hours

Ocarina trailer
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  • Use Tinkercad software to design an ocarina optimized for 3D printing.
  • Play tuned and un-tuned musical instruments.
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations.

Tools and equipment

  • BE3D EDEE printer
  • Access to a computer that connects with the internet and TinkerCAD®
  • Pad of paper and pencil
  • Printed 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

Ocarina walkthrough
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3D models overview

  • Total print time 7 hours 30 munites
  • Total filament 13.79 m
  • Additional non-printable components
  • Printed all at once
  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • 13.79 m
Note: Values are calculated for one set of models.

Lesson resources

  • Lesson plan
  • Example ocarina model
  • Worksheet
  • Walkthrough
  • Presentation
  • 3D models
  • 3D print instructions
  • Curriculum alignment