Create Your Own Latin Signet Ring With Tinkercad




Introduction: Create Your Own Latin Signet Ring With Tinkercad

This was a Makerspace collaboration with the 7th grade Latin teacher to have students make Latin Signet Rings. It ended up being a wonderful way for students to learn the basics in Tinkercad and take a personalized creation home with a significant Latin phrase or word.


Tinkercad accounts (Tinkercad TEACH now makes this easier than ever)

Devices to access Tinkercad

3D filament

stamp wax (or make your own with Crayons and glue sticks)

Ring sizer

Digital calipers

Strong Adhesive (like epoxy)

Finishing materials for a 3D print

Step 1: Sizing Your Ring

In order to design the ring in Tinkercad, students must know their ring size. I had a set of jeweler's sizing rings, which students used to find their size of the finger where they wish to wear the ring and then measure the inside dimension with digital calipers.

Alternatively, here is a paper version you can use to find size, with a table to determine inside diameter.

Step 2: Designing in Tinkercad - the Ring

This ring is a nice way to learn Tinkercad and to also extend into some new skills. I did a demonstration of the process for students, then handed out the instruction sheet for them to follow independently. Their ring measurements will be important in this step.

Step 3: Designing in Tinkercad - the Ring Top

This step requires the use of TEXT or SCRIBBLE and a MIRROR command. A tip is to make sure the text is not too thin.

Step 4: Designing in Tinkercad: Leveling Off the Ring!

In case you needed help on this part!

Step 5: Glue the Top of the Ring to the Base and Stamp Away!

I had to use a strong epoxy to make something strong enough to hold.

The picture shows model magic as the stamping medium, but wax would work better. Here is a similar Instructable that made homemade wax from crayons and glue sticks!

Another discovery I made since we did this project was this great Instructable explaining how to smooth 3D prints. Being able to smooth these out would have made them better.

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    2 years ago

    Who would think? Latin and 3D printing?? This lesson supported curricular goals in both Latin
    and 3D design and printing in our Makerspace. Students were motivated by their choice and ability to customize and take home this ring. Not a single one was left behind on the last day of school.

    Three classes were scheduled in the Makerspace, where the Latin teacher and myself co-taught the content and supported students at work. From a Makerspace standpoint, this was an excellent project for students to develop familiarity with the space and setting up and using Tinkercad accounts. There were lots of mistakes, redos and iteration to perfect their rings. Everyone persevered and stayed focused throughout. I love projects where precision matters and work to always incorporate measurement and tools into a project.

    The Latin teacher loved this project for the end of the year and students spent meaningful time pondering important latin phrases and words, and which one they would pick for their "mark".

    We made a final plaque of everyones stamp in wax to display in the Makerspace.

    This is a link to the student Tinkercad tutorial on making the ring:

    This is a link to the student Latin worksheet:

    Have fun!