Robots

Robots

A robot is a computer-controlled machine used to perform tasks automatically. In this lesson, students will design and print their own head and body for a servo controlled ‘Desktop Robot’. While the project is intended to be a single lesson with 3D printing following the lesson, the project can be extended to a second lesson if required by connecting servos and programming the robot with Raspberry Pi, Arduino or Micro:bit etc.
Subjects
Design and TechnologyScienceComputingArt and Design
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: 60 minutes Print Time : 4 hours

Robots trailer
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Objectives

  • Define the purpose and functional requirements of a robot
  • Use TinkerCAD software to design the head and body for a ‘desktop robot’ optimized for 3D printing
  • Understand and use sequence in an algorithm
 

Tools and equipment

  • be3D eDee printer
  • Set of example models (including ‘Robot build kit’)
  • Access to an internet-enabled computer that can access TinkerCAD®
  • Paper pad and pencil
  • Printed lesson resources
  • 2 x SG90 (9g) servo
 

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

Robots walkthrough
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3D models overview

  • Total print time 11 hours 50 minutes
  • Total filament 21.7 m
  • Additional non-printable components
  • Printed all at once
DESK BOT PARTS
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • 10.5 m
DESK BOT BODY
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • 11.9 m
DESK BOT HEAD
  • 2 hours 50 minutes
  • 4.7 m
DESK BOT HEAD MOUNT
  • 30 minutes
  • 0.8 m
Note: Values are calculated for one set of models.

Lesson resources

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