Creative Curriculum | Teaching Engineering with Paint 3D

Hi, I’m José, Learning Consultant at Microsoft and in this series we’re going to be looking at
using 3D in education. 3D content is proven to increase understanding
and comprehension of subjects. So I’ve come here to Microsoft’s Paint 3D Studio to discover some of the fun and engaging ways you
can introduce easy 3D creation in the classroom. There is a video for each of the STEAM topics and
in this episode we’re looking at Engineering. I’m here today with Paint 3D’s Art Director,
Marcus and he’s going to be able to talk to us more
about how we can use Paint 3D within Engineering. – Yeah sure well 3D in Windows in great for
blurring the lines between the digital world and
the real world. In engineering most things are designed in the
digital space for the use case in the real world so we’re going to show you some example of how
Paint 3D and other Windows tools can help
students do that. – Great. So are there any icebreaker activities
that we could get started with? – There are. Here we’ve got some primitive shapes
created in Paint and we’re going to piece these
components together a little bit like a 3D jigsaw and we’re going to
create a teapot out of it. We’ll start of using the Sphere because that’s
the main object for the teapot and we’ll place it
there. Then this tube looks like it could be the spout
so I’m going to move that over and I’m going to
do a bit of rotation. I want to make sure it’s in the right position on
the teapot so I’m going to use the z-handle tool
and position it there. Then this Doughnut shape looks like a good
example for the handle – do a bit of scaling. Then this object here could be a good base so
snap it into place and once again make sure it’s
in the center. And I think the thing it’s missing at the moment
is a handle and a lid so we can duplicate this
base using the Copy and Paste tool and then all we
need is a handle to go on top. Use the same tool – Copy and Paste. Position it on top of the lid. At that point you’ll see that we have a very
simple teapot made out of 3D shapes. – That looks great and a great way to start. – Yeah and it’s really cool! One last thing we can do is we can give it some
materials to make it look like a real teapot. So we can choose Polished metal. Use the Fill bucket for a Dull metal spout,
handle and lid And then maybe put a Matte plastic lid on the top. Then we’ll rotate around the object and we’ve
made a teapot. They get a really good understanding of how to
manipulate objects in 3D; moving, scaling and
rotating. – So is there a way we can progress from this and
use it as part of a main activity? – Yeah what we’re going to do here is we’re going
to design a chair. We’re going to start off with a 2D picture that
you’ve made of the chair and then use the 3D doodle tool – we’re going to
use the flat extrude – and we’re just going to
point and click over the top of the existing picture and we will
quickly and easily create the legs and the
framework. There you can see it has made a 3D shape straight
away. Now we’re going to use the Soft edged doodle dool
to create the metal armrest. – So would you recommend for those students
starting to use this for the first time to have a
2D image behind it so they can trace over?
– Yeah absolutely because it’s a lot easier to get your ideas down in 2D using Paint to
create that and then trace over the top using
this tool in 3D. Then we’re going to go back to the hard edged
Doodle Tool, select the blue colour, and the
great thing is you can draw in freehand as well as clicking
point to point. So we’ll do a nice curve around
there. At this point we can have a look in free view and
we can see that we’ve got the basic building
blocks of the chair. We can extend it out and make it the width that a
normal chair would be. Clearly we would like the legs to be thinner –
drag that to be much thinner. Then what we can also do is duplicate the legs
and the armrest and move them over to the other
side. If we turn off the Canvas we’ll be able to see
the chair itself and this is the success critea
for this activity. – So when the student have hit that success
criteria and met that learning outcome is there a way or are there more tools they can
use to progress themselves even further? – Yeah there are so the next steps here are
obviously this chair was designed for a human to
sit on so what we can do is validate our design
decisions by importing a picture of a real world
human That’s me sitting on a chair. Click on Magic
select, choose the area which you want to pop out
from the picture, click next, do a bit of amendments – so we’re
going to remove this area around here – click
done. And you can see if I delete the background that
that has isolated the picture of me. So I’m going to scale that down so that it fit’s
with the scale of the chair. If we just turn the Canvas off we can see that
the chair is around about fit for purpose. This is a really good way of bringing the real
world back into the digital space and using the
toolset to validate the decisions that we’ve
made. – I think for students and educators seeing this
and how easy it is to use I think they’ll be
really eager to start with this. – Yeah it’s great and you can move on from here
as well. So for example if we wanted to customise
our design yet further in relation to the ergonomics of a human sitting
down we could for example start deleting the
cushions, we could get rid of the armrest. So now we have the human shape and we have the
frame of the chair and this is a great
opportunity for the students to make a custom addition to the chair using
these two objects as reference points. – So the students then are able to put their own
personal stamp on things. – Yeah sure they can get creative and quickly and
easily visualise ideas in 3D. So I’m going to go in and use the 3D doodle tool
and I’m going to do a freeform contour around the
body. Now we’ve got the chair I’m going to scale it to
fit the width of the frame and at this point we
have our basic shape. The next stage that we can go into is start
changing the colour and the materials. What we can do is as part of the sticker library
within Paint, we can choose a wood texture and we
can start applying that to the frame. For advanced users this is great because not only
are they designing the shape and the composition
of the elements they’re also really interested in making it have
the colours and the materials that fit the
design. So we have the wood texture there and we can now
go in and use a custom sticker that we can create
from our library and change the colour and the material of the cushion. We can also do this in 3D and get a really good
view of our content and we can just start
stamping away. And you’ll notice that I’m using the mouse as
well as the pen and the great thing is that the
tool is set up to use touch, pen or mouse, but it enables you to scale up and become a power
user if you want to incorporate more than one
input. – And I think it makes it accessible for all
users and their preferred ways of creating things
in 3D. – It does, absolutely. So there we go we’ve textured the main bit of the
chair. We’ve got a custom design on it that is
different to the original 2D sketch and it’s fully textured with materials that the
student would like. So what we’ve learnt from this lesson is the
ability to create custom shapes using the 3D
doodle tool, the ability to import other digital assets to
help validate the design and just the fundamental use of the manipulation
tools in 3D. – That’s great. So for those higher attaining
students as well, are there way that they can go
beyond the lesson plan? – So to take this further it’s about using the
full suite of tools to make more complex designs
or in this case make a full suite of furniture. – So now we’ve created that 3D model, what could
we do with that? – What we can do is we can view it in Mixed
Reality. – And is that something that’s easy to do? To go
into Mixed Reality? – It is yeah at the click of a button you can
view it in Mixed Reality and the great thing
about that is that normally it takes a lot of time, effort and money to build a model of your
design but here we can transfer it directly form
the digital world into the real world and you can see it in context and make some
really good decisions on your design. – And when those students hit that Mixed Reality
button the faces begin to light up, those eureka
moments begin because their digital effort has become a
physical reality. – Yeah it’s a great way for students to see the
value of creating in 3D. Paint 3D comes installed with Windows 10. For more information on using Paint 3D in
education, check out the Microsoft Educator
Community. You’ll find downloadable resources, lesson plans
and engaging ways to use technology in the
classroom. Let us know what you have found useful and what
features you would like to see next in Paint 3D
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15 thoughts on “Creative Curriculum | Teaching Engineering with Paint 3D

  1. I'm loving this so far. I tried this with my presentation the other day at work and people wouldn't stop asking me how I did that lol

  2. HOLA ¿¿¿ALguien sabe cómo eliminar paint 3d??????????, lo he intentado desde regedit, con powershell, y vuelve a aparecer, incluso como predeterminado de imágenes aunque lo cambie a vista previa picassa u otro, hago clic en imagenes y viuelve abrirse con este fastidioso paint 3d ES COMO UN VIRUS ¡¡ PORFAVOR AYUDA!!! me voy a volver loco . ODIO PAINT3D -… GRACIAS!!!

  3. Blender has better 3D tools than this program and it’s also free to the public. Sure, the learning curve is steep, but like most people they either: A) mess around with the program to get results or B) look it up on YouTube. There’s even a YouTuber who gives tutorials on the program. Heck, they’re starting to transition to 2d tools as well. And it’s STILL better than this program. Another free program, Krita, is better than this. No steep learning curve, it’s a 2d photoshop-like and animation program and the to aren’t limited and clunky. Both these programs have one thing that you don’t; If you’re using a tablet it has a really cool feature called pen pressure .

  4. Should also go into opening the model in 3D-Builder to start looking at 3D Printing capabilities, or exporting into SketchUp, etc. There are some big problems in this software though: saving often gets stuck in "untitled", then "Save work?", also objects that were separately built are stuck in a group, without ability to "un-group", both of which are a shame, but it is VERY good otherwise.

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