Stylish Stylus

Learn about electrical connectivity by creating your own 3D printed tablet stylus!


In this activity, groups of 4-5 students will collaboratively design, build, test and modify a capacitive stylus for use with a variety of touchscreen devices.

Duration: Up to (3) 40-minute sessions

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Group or Individual: Group

Learning Goals

By the end of the lesson groups will:

  • Investigate materials that have different conductive characteristics
  • Work collaboratively to critically and creatively solve the design problem
  • Conceptually ideate and create a design meeting specifications and constraints
  • Communicate using mathematical/scientific vocabulary when conferencing in small/large groups
  • Utilize mathematical calculations accurately to build a 3D printed concept
  • Apply geometric principles to dimension and measure irregular shapes or difficult lines
  • Understand the role of the body in completing a circuit


  • blank paper
  • pens/pencils
  • 3D Printer filament for printing (and scheduled time on the printer)
  • scrap cardboard or card stock for initial prototypes
  • plasticine for initial prototypes
  • hot glue gun/glue sticks
  • 3D printer such as the Cubicon Single+
  • slicing software such as Cubicreator or Simplify3D
  • licensed CAD software such as Fusion 360, Inventor, TinkerCAD or SolidWorks
  • computer and mouse for each student or group for CAD design

Prerequisite Skills

  • Familiarity with TinkerCAD or other 3D printing software

Your Instructor

Eden Hennessey
Eden Hennessey

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

This course is closed for enrollment.