Astronaut Toolkit

3D Toolkit

The International Space Station (ISS) is the location for this lesson. Students learn the history of 3D printing in space before accepting the challenge to assist the astronauts with replacing tools needed in their toolkit. Screwdriver bits and wrenches are needed and students design and then test their 3D prints. What other tools might the astronauts need while in space? Can they be 3D printed? Discuss what improvement can be made to the student’s 3D printed tools.

Recommended print settings

Print profile: Default
Initial platform: None
Print supports: On
Advanced settings: Layer height 0.2 mm
  • Total print time 16 hours
  • Total filament 36 m
  • Additional non-printable components
  • Printed all at once