Sherri Kushner
Media Arts Teacher

Using Adobe Spark Page to Present the 3D Printing Process with Makerbot Printshop

Presentation Published 5/4/16 Last updated on 2/28/20

My 6th grade students used Adobe Spark Page to present step by step guides of their 3D printing process (see sample links). Students created keychain designs. They drew images to 3D print, then used the app Makerbot Printshop to photograph, extrude their images, and convert them to an .stl file saved in our class Makerbot account. They printed their designs and added keychain rings. Students took photos to document their entire creation process each step of the way, then compiled their photos and added descriptions using Adobe Spark Page. Students presented these as evidence of their learning. When students viewed them on each other's blogs, we discussed how even though students used the same general process to create their prints, many of their presentations focused on different aspects of the process. These presentations were a great way for us to discuss how each of us tells stories from our own unique perspective, and how together we can collaborate as a group to build the larger narrative of this process by pulling parts from every student's presentation. Having students piece together each other's presentations into one larger story provided a great review of the unit, and allowed students to discuss similarities and differences in their creation processes. We discussed the ideation and design process, technical aspects of software and 3D printing, and ways that specific students used images or descriptions successfully to make their presentations effective.

  • Adobe Spark

    Adobe Spark is an easy-to-use tool that helps you turn your ideas into compelling social graphics, web stories, and animated videos

Age Levels
1+ Week
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer, Students: Knowledge Constructor

Adobe Spark on iPad or online

Makerbot Printshop app for iPad

White Paper

Pencils and Sharpies

3D Printer, Filament

Keychain Rings

CC License
5 / 5 • 4 Ratings

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Aziz Soubai

Posted on 7/10/18 10:54:48 PM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing

Jessica Campbell

Posted on 6/20/17 4:50:30 PM Permalink

​Cool idea! I do this keychain project with my 7th graders, and taking it a step further to create a story explaining the process is fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

Sherri Kushner

Posted on 6/21/17 4:30:52 AM Permalink

Thank you! I appreciate you sharing your 3D Keychain resource, as well! I am excited to try the process you suggested!