Lesson 2: 3D Modeling software



In this lesson, students are introduced to computer aided 3D modeling. A demonstration of 3D Modeling software will be given. AUTODESK INVENTOR or SOLIDWORKS will be used. An instructional video is included in the resources to get the students started in the 3D modeling process. Students will then use a 3D modeling program in guided practice lab sessions to create the pieces of their 3D puzzle project. They will also learn to generate drawing views - orthographic, isometric, exploded views - of their 3D puzzle, and how to print these drawings to a drawing sheet. In the next lesson they will learn how to assemble the pieces of their 3D puzzle using the same 3D modeling software.

Lesson Time

6 class periods
50 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
    • Engineering Technology
    • Architectural Design
    • Engineering Design
  • Information and Communication Technologies Information and Communication Technologies
    • Networking
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California English Common Core Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (14)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will learn the fundamentals of 3D modeling software, either AUTODESK INVENTOR or SOLIDWORKS.
  • Students will learn the concepts of 2D sketching, extrusion of a 3D model, free orbit, closed loops, constraints, assemblies, and mating.
  • Students will learn the process of generating DWG drawings from their 3D models,and the process of printing these drawings, along with 'Bill of material' lists.

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