Vase – Individual Vase insert


Vase – Individual Vase insert

By 3D4Kids


3d model information






Various depending design – top no lager then 25mm (diameter) – base no larger than 70mm x 90mm





Printing time:

1-2 hours

Number of pieces:

1 per student


During this project, students have been using various techniques that they have learnt from skills test projects to create a Vase. Students have worked with wood, plastic and metal to create a vase. Previously students have inserted a glass test tube as part of the vase.  Students will create their own individual insert for the vase.

Learning objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Personalise their product
  • Understand Tinkercad
  • Learn 3D printing techniques
  • Create and print in 3D STL models of their chosen vase insert design

Teacher preparation

Discussion of tools within Tinkercad and re-cap how to perform basic actions.

Discuss that the top of the Vase must not have a diameter larger than 25 mm due to the size of the forstner bit used at the top of the vase. Discuss the size of the base of the insert as it will sit on a plastic base measuring 70mm x 90mm.

Discuss how to transfer the file (STL) to Flash Forge Finder – individual basis when appropriate.

Teacher explanation

Re-cap the unit of work covering Vase – workshop techniques.

Discuss with students the shapes that could be used – students would have already carried out research as part of the project. Remind students of the size restrictions for the insert.  Top no larger than 25 mm base no larger than 70mm x 90mm.

Students can use hand sketches from research to assist in the drawing on Tinkercad

Student activity/Steps

Step 1: Students to use prior research to decide on what shape they would like the insert to be

Step 2: Students draw on prior knowledge of Tinkercad to draw chosen

Step 3: Student to export to Flash Forge Finder and scale to ensure the insert will fit within the vase

Step 5: Printing – each student to print their vase insert

Step 6: Students to attach insert and complete making of the Vase

Step 7: Students to photograph Vase for production log

General Info

Age of students

14-16 (KS4)

Skills needed

Computer design, 3D printing


2-3 lessons (50 minutes)




PLA Prior to the lesson, Plywood, plastic, aluminum, nuts and bolts, pop rivets.


Spatula, pliers, glue Prior to lesson – coping saw, Tenon saw, bench hook, glass paper, flat file, pillar drill, belt sander, electric drill, strip heater, forstner bit.


Tinkercad, Flash Forge Finder

License Info

License name:

Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

License details:

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