Assignment 04.11: 3D Modeling and Printing


Develop a prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion of design skills in a 3D arti­fact and prod­uct space.


Cre­ate a 3D model for print­ing, that will serve as the foun­da­tion for cre­at­ing cast metal medals.

Background Reading

Additional Inspiration Resources


Model Repositories


Cre­ate a sam­ple medal for the fin­ish­ers of the ORU Home­com­ing 5K race. Medals are often mod­eled in one media (in this case dig­i­tally via 3D printer) to make molds to cast final metal, prior to enam­el­ing. The rib­bon used to wear the medal is inte­gral part of the com­po­si­tion. Work­ing on small groups will reduce print­ing time, but will also fos­ter col­lab­o­ra­tion and spe­cial­iza­tion. Choose a part­ner based on both 3D and 2D skill sets. Notify the course instruc­tor of the mem­bers of the group.

Part One

Ideas, sketches, do not for­get about the rib­bon. Develop any nec­es­sary files using 3D mod­el­ing soft­ware, vec­tor or photo edit­ing soft­ware. Cre­ate a 2D sam­ple dig­i­tal file for cre­at­ing the medal. Cre­ate a file for the color and print­ing for the ribbon.

Technical Specifications


  • 80 mm max area
  • 50 mm cen­tral disk
  • 4 mm max­i­mum height
  • 2 mm min­i­mum height


  • 38 mm width
  • 450 mm length

Part Two

Cre­ate a model in Tin­ker­cad or sim­i­lar 3D mod­el­ing soft­ware. Use the import­ing and con­vert­ing tools to bring in the nec­es­sary art­work files. Ulti­mately, cre­ate a model or sev­eral model pieces that can be printed on a 3D printer. Deliver the model files to the appro­pri­ate D2L drop­box for print­ing by the instructor.

Part Three

Use Adobe Dimen­sion to color the final medal. Export a silver/grey ver­sion From Part Two. Use Dimen­sion and any addi­tional soft­ware to cre­ate a ren­der­ing of the final medal. Export image of final ren­der­ing and upload to appro­pri­ate D2L dropbox.


  • The fol­low­ing rubric posted on D2L will deter­mine exer­cise score: Exer­cise Grading


raster, images, lay­ers, AR edit­ing, ani­ma­tion, trig­gers, actions


Adobe illus­tra­tor, Pho­to­shop, Aero, Dimen­sion, Cre­ative Cloud Account, iOS device


As defined by cor­re­spond­ing cal­en­dar item, drop­box, dis­cus­sion or con­tent topic description.