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Inca Aryballus Vessels 3D Modeling/Printing

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Social Studies +7 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

In this collection, I am going to highlight Penn Museum' s Inca Aryballus collection as wells the Smithsonians, and show you resources on how you can create designs in Morphi, and 3D modeling software that I use in my own design classroom with my students based on these historical artifacts (This lesson is more focused on 9-18 year olds, but can be adapted for older students, as well as adults with some rewriting and restructuring.)

This collection is hopefully an inspiration for young designers and artist to use designs inspired by the Incan Aryballus and other motifs.  This collection shows you a pathway to create designs based on these  Aryballus'  to use in 3D printing using  Morphi and other tools to create vases similar in motif and structure to the originals.

 You will be creating and studying these cultural artifacts to gain insight into how they were constructed, drawn, and fabricated. Our Aryballus' of course are totally opposite of how these ceramic pottery fragments and other examples were constructed, but they can help a student (and yourself ) gain insight into the process that these cultures used to created these vessels. In order to gain perspective on these cultures, the research your students use by viewing and constructing their own designs will give agency to their work, albeit through the eyes of these craftsman, designers, and artists. The students will gain a new understanding and vision of these cultural motifs and what they carry to the viewer.

Students will be creating and researching geometric designs and motifs based on Incan pottery. Once they have constructed and drawn an idea either through digital or non-digital means, they will be rendering their designs in Morphi or another 3D modeling app. Here is a link to a design I did specifically for this lesson on Youmagine that you can use with your prints, as well as your students.

The students will then export these files to be 3D sliced for the printer. I suggest using Cura as this is my go to software for getting digital files ready for the 3D printer. Depending on your students' design, I suggest making the geometric design small  enough that they fit in your print bed, so you might need to resize the design in Cura.

Happy Printing!


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