3D Car Project Combines Art, STEMM Classes

Students in the Mixed Media and Print Making art class and the Introduction to Engineering Design STEMM class worked together to design a stock car model to be created on a 3D printer.

"I talked to Dan Badger, the director of the Packard Museum, about the idea of making 3D cars after the students provided drawings," art teacher Marysa Marderosian explained.  "CJ principal John Marshall later suggested asking the Introduction to Engineering Design students to 3D print the models."

"I told the students they had to reverse engineer the cars' front frame and design a body that would fit with an existing assembly," STEMM teacher Eric Grimm reflected. "The design teams each got a drawing from the art class and then incorporated design elements from that drawing to create their model."

Once the IED student designs were complete, Grimm, Marderosian and Badger picked the top five designs that best reflected the original drawings and would be compatible for 3D printing.

Art student Jamsheed Morquecho '16 drew a vehicle nicknamed "The Taco Truck" that was turned into a 3D design by Nick Amstutz '19 and Tyler Nguyen '17.

"I like tacos and was trying to imagine what a taco truck would look like," Morquecho said about his drawing.

"We added a taco on top of the truck and that is what I'm looking most forward to 3D printing," shared Amstutz. "We also implemented a serving door on the side."

Nguyen added, "It will be cool to see it printed out."

Taylor Bridgett '16, who drew a convertible with stars and polka dots on it, was excited to see her drawing chosen to be printed in 3D.

"I was surprised because looking at all the cars in my class, I didn't think mine was the most unique design," Bridgett noted.

Aaron Meixner '19 and Spencer Mullins '17 said they chose Bridgett's drawing because it did have a one-of-a-kind look compared to the other artwork.

"We were looking for a sports car and Taylor's was the sportiest of them all," Mullins said.

"It was a little difficult to get the convertible portion to match because it wasn't a perfect perspective and other elements on the car might be difficult to bring into a 3D model unless you want parts sticking out of the side," Meixner added.

Bridgett noted, "I thought their interpretation was good. I would not have known how to design it." 

Grimm and Marderosian agreed assignments like this provide an uncommon opportunity for their students.

"It was nice to have my students working on a design that was generated by their peers," shared Grimm. "It would be difficult for me to come up with 20 different car designs, but the art class did an outstanding job of coming up with a really great variety of models."

"3D printing has come a long way in a short amount of time and if the students can get involved with it now, it will give them more experience for the future," emphasized Marderosian. "Technology is always evolving and this was an unbelievable opportunity for the students to work with 3D printers."

The top drawings and designs chosen to be 3D printed were:

  • Jamsheed Morquecho (art), Nick Amstutz and Tyler Nguyen (IED)
  • Christian Montague (art), Drake Dahlinghaus and Brianna Moore (IED)
  • Taylor Bridgett (art), Aaron Meixner and Spencer Mullins (IED)
  • Courtney Ayres-McClinton (art), Dawson Hensley and Patrick Cahill (IED)
  • Jose Osnaya (art) Chris Buchanan and Julian Thomasson (IED)

Posted May 17, 2016