Tuesday, April 12, 2016

3D Print School: Printed Golf Flag

Learning Challenge: To use the 3D Printers in conjunction with the EVO Robotics as part of the school technology program.  The task was for the students to design a Golf Flag as a target with the idea that the robot would be able to launch a golf ball into it.
Background: Auroa Primary School hosts its own technology program and in an attempt to integrate the 3D Printers in use in another area of the classroom program it was combined with a task involving robotics.  Students have technology every Friday from 9am until 2pm for half of the School year.  They have five week blocks at each of the four key areas (Sewing, Food Technology, Robotics and Woodwork).  Last year the 3D Printing Technology was a stand alone program that resulted in the 3D Printed Speakers.
Task: Students had to create (using Tinkercad) a 3D Design for a Golf Flag/hole that was suitable for a golf ball to be rolled into.
Level of Difficulty: Low - this design was the particular students first ever using Tinkercad and was completely independently with another student providing limited assistance.
Issues: The size of the target for the golf ball to enter was an estimation.   There are other designs in the series where the target is too narrow making the task extremely complex.  As a bonus this tee would be excellent for general practise with golf putting.
Timeframe: 12 hour print
Size: 15cm wide, depth of 15cm and a height of 20cm
Process: Template designed in Tinkercad.   Students then edited design (with another students assistance.  Converted to Cura and printed on the Schools Ultimaker 2 3D Printer.


  1. Cool idea!
    Looks like you printed this vertically (flag up)? I would have done it on it's "back" - with the flag pole and flag flat - so that it would come out stronger... then have the curved sides of the golf hole rise up off the bed (and yes, the flag would then be aligned with the back of the rounded hole).
    Just an idea in case the flag pole is prone to breaking.

  2. Yes the flag was printed vertically up - we've not had much of a problem with the Ultimaker 2 'Ghost Printing' and having the filament fall down into space. If we'd had considerable dripping we could have flipped it - this was the proto-type for the first print and for the purpose of this task it worked fine. We're certainly going to keep an eye on the flag pole and its breaking potential - we printed this as a draft (fast print) rather than the full version - due to the amount of filament and the number of flags that will be associated with this task. Thanks for your comment.