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What to Expect from a 3DPrint.com Design Course: Insights From a Course Facilitator

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In just a few weeks we will be launching the summer session of our intensive 3D Print Design courses. One of the cornerstones of our courses is the integration we offer with industry expert mentorship. Our last course featured group facilitator Nick Taylor, supervisor of Tech Experience at Arapahoe Library in Denver, Colorado, who has an extensive background in 3D print design and a passion for the field of emerging technologies.

We spoke with Nick about his experiences as a facilitator of the course in order to get some insight into what you can expect if you’re taking one of our courses.

Can you tell us a little bit about your experience as a facilitator for Beginner Design for 3D Printing and Advanced Design for 3D Printing and what participants can expect from their course mentor?

“I had a great time as a facilitator! I met with everyone for the live session once a week for eight weeks total. I chatted with participants, introduced the speakers, and answered questions at the end. Many participants stayed for both sessions, so we got to know each other over the course. I also helped answer questions on the message boards for homework in between sessions.”

Were you surprised by anything during the course of the workshop?

“I was surprised by the depth of knowledge for both the beginner and advanced courses! Folks with amazing innate design skills made checking homework each week a pleasure. It was also a delight to see the ‘maker’ spirit in person, with many students chiming in and helping each other when someone ran into difficulties.”

What would you say you learned as a facilitator for the 3DPrint.com design courses?

“I learned a lot about 3D printing by proxy! And that it has many uses in many fields, from design to aeronautics. And as I mentioned above, I learned a lot about that maker spirit and how it permeates the 3D printing world.”

Finally, what did you think of the quality of the designs you saw throughout the course? Did any designs in particular stand out to you as exemplary?

“They were amazing! One of the very first challenges involved designing a house and there were some designs that I’d have liked to live in. There were also some great practical designs like a smartphone cable holder and a bell.”

Thanks to Nick for being such an encouraging and supportive course facilitator! And there’s still time for you to sign up for our upcoming summer workshops, so click on the links below to register:

Sign up for: Beginner Design for 3D Printing

Sign up for: Advanced Design for 3D Printing

Discuss in the Design for 3D Printing forum at 3DPB.com.

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