The globe – lithospheric plates


The globe – lithospheric plates

By 3D4Kids


3d model information






r= 10 cm





Printing time:


Number of pieces:

1 (the globe, lithospheric plates, continents)


The lesson is about designing and printing a 3D globe with lithospheric plates in order to understand the right geographic position of lithospheric plates, their location, the understanding of the different oceans and the territorial structure of the globe. It will also serve to understand the 3D printing techniques.

Learning objectives

The students will be able to:

– Design the globe with the suitable 3D Printing programme

– Identify the different position of tectonic plates

– Create in their mind a mental map of the world

– Know and locate the right geographic position of the lithospheric plates (their territorial structure, earthquakes, their diversity)

– Use interpretative models of lithospheric plates structures of the globe, in relation to enviroment

– Use 3D printing file

– Learn 3D printing technics

– Create and print a 3D globe.

Teacher preparation

Preparation about the guided lesson in the classroom. Development of theoretical exercises to be implemented during the classroom lesson in order to make the lesson as interactive as possible.

Teacher explanation

  • To introduce the topic and the objective (the globe and its transformation along the years)
  • Explain the basic of the 3D programme to use
  • Guided designing of the 3D map
  • Explain how to save the file and how to export to the suitable format (to get specification from the technical partner)
  • Explain the basic about 3D printing
  • Show how to obtain the code for printing
  • Explain how to prepare the 3D printer for new works

Student activity/Steps

  • Design tectonic plates of the globe
  • Saving and exporting to the suitable format
  • Select the suitable setting for printing the 3D globe (to get specification from the technical partner)
  • Try the design

Participate to the exercised proposed by the teachers

General Info

Age of students


Skills needed



1 h






Spatula, glue, pencils, sheets, ruler, computer, modelling programme, 3D printing programme


Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop

License Info

License name:

Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

License details:

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