UX Design Reflexions

Exploring 3D Modeling and 3D Printing with Kids

The challenge

3D modeling and 3D printing is an amazing way of creation. It allows anyone to convert a string into something fun, useful, or beautiful.

But in order to get to a final result, there are still some steps to go through, some skills to develop, and stuff to learn. And that stuff is pretty hard for a 6 years old kid. 


In short,

how can we build the confidence level of both kids and teachers in the context of building LEGO models with movements

The solution

Bonifying the building experience


Design a part to make your creation unique.


Design a part to bring new functionalities to your play experience.

I have identified 3 ways we can use 3D printed parts to bonify our LEGO experience. 

I am obviously not considering here the option of duplicating any parts available in the plastic brick catalog, as the quality of the part will never be as good as a molded one.

Use of 3D modeling with things kids know

So we started with playdoh!

We also started with something simple: it was Xmas, so why not making our own interactive Nisse.

So when the shape of a foot was done, I 3D-scanned it with an app called QLONE. It worked amazingly (and I only have an iPhone 6s), as I did not need to play with the mesh at all. 

Decorative parts

I then added the shape of a 1×3 technic beam on top of the foot and proceeded to print the first parts on my ENDER3 printer.

Then I made some daddy magic and created 2 arms to complete the puzzle.

Functional parts

Coupling a LEGO Mindstorms motor to control marbles of the HAPE Quadrilla Marble Run system.

If you read only this

This is an exploration for now.

Enjoy the pictures... as explanations are coming soon!