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July 16-20, 12:30-3:00 p.m.
Participants: Rising 7th graders through 12th graders (limit of 20 students)
Location: Upper School, Room 115 

Register for this workshop here.

In this workshop, students will be introduced to and trained on the Autodesk Inventor software in order to create and print three-dimensional objects. They will learn to create two-dimensional sketches on a work plane and to use the additive/subtractive methods of extrude, revolve, sweep, and loft to create three-dimensional objects from those two-dimensional sketches.

Students will also learn mirroring and patterning techniques to replicate geometric designs in two and three dimensions. If time permits, they will learn how to create assemblies by applying constraints to individually created part files. Through this workshop, students will gain a broader understanding of how mathematics, engineering, and art converge. At the end of the week, each student may print one of their 3D designs to take home as a souvenir.

Instructor: Andrew Groves, Trinity Upper School math teacher
June 2014: Earned certification to teach Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) at  Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Core Training
2014-2017: Taught PLTW’s IED curriculum and designed a week-long 3D printing
seminar (taught each spring) at Danville High School

Course Outline
Day 1: Introduction and Sketching Practice
Day 2: More Sketching Practice and Extrusions
Day 3: Extrusions, Revolves, Sweeps, and Lofts
Day 4: Mirroring and Patterning Techniques
Day 5: Practice and Print Day!

Required Materials
1. Laptop with the capability of running Autodesk Inventor 2015. See system requirements here:

2. Wired or wireless mouse

3. Composition notebook with graph paper (not lined paper)

Register for this workshop here.