|Above: Desk Badge as shown from above|
Background: Student was inspired to combine ideas that he had seen in the classroom, with an idea that had brought from his previous school, but put the spin of producing something original using a 3D Printer. The student (who was ten year old) was designing essentially for the first time using the 3D Printer, however they had spent time working on joint projects with other members of the classroom who assisted with the design and the addition of features.
Timeframe: Ten hours - there are various additions and changes that could be made to the design to make it more workable (see details below). There could have been some small changes to be made but given the dimensions of the design the print time would not have been significantly altered.
Size: The base of the design was 12cm across. The main height of the design was 8cm. The depth of the badge (width) 1.5cm. The 'auroa star' font was raised 1cm from the base of the design.
What would we do differently: The badge should have been designed with feet or a means of making itself free standing. The student assumed that the base of the badge would have been enough for it to have stability, however the weight of the base of the design caused it to tip, when it was supported to stand, the 'auroa star' part of the design needed to be raised from the base to ensure that it was the dominant feature. The addition of the stars on the top of the badge - could have been more refined, as in a sense the design was to fit as many stars onto it as possible.
Next steps for the students: The student had a positive idea here, however the practicality of the design should have been reserached, in particular the base of the design. There was a potential here for a movable sign that could be placed on the students desks - perhaps a 'do not disturb sign' or a 'assistance' sign (for student to gain the teachers assistance with completing a task).