Live, instructor-led online design workshop​
6 guest speaker sessions over 3 weeks, plus project-based work
Oct. 31-Nov. 14, 2017
Live online sessions on Tuesdays, 11 am-12:30 pm Eastern Time

Only $149.00!

Course Description

During this three-week online course that mixes live instructor-led sessions with assignments and personalized help from a course facilitator, you will learn the key principles of Design for Manufacture (DFM) and prototyping their parts using 3D printing. It will cover benefits of 3D printing in prototyping, including why 3D printing is more beneficial than traditional means in creating product prototypes, and it will challenge you to make the first steps beyond prototyping. By the end of the course, you will explore opportunities for manufacturing sellable goods using 3D printing. The use of Fusion 360 to design and analyze your parts will also be covered.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Be able to develop an effective and efficient prototyping process using 3D printing.
  • Understand basic principles of designing for manufacturing.
  • Know basic requirements for common manufacturing methods.
  • Grasp the latest techniques for Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM).
  • Be qualified to use CAD software to analyze and prepare their model for printing and production.

Presenting Sponsor:

All sessions are recorded and archived so you can watch any time. No travel required!

Project-based work with 1-on-1 feedback from an instructor in our online workshop discussion forums.

Free trials of software will be available.

Bonus: After you register, you’ll have free access to the past lessons from our foundational courses Beginner Design for 3D Printing and Advanced Design for 3D Printing. Soak up hours of 3D printing knowledge from industry experts as you build on your skills.

Course Schedule

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
Session 1
11:00am – 11:45am EST
Session 2
11:45am – 12:30pm EST

Speaker: Nick Lewis
3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing

Session 1 – Benefits of 3D Printing in Prototyping

Discussion and lessons on how and why 3D printing can be more beneficial than traditional means in creating product prototypes. The session, presented by 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing, will touch on use cases and explain the cost-savings and ease of use associated with 3D printing prototypes compared to more conventional means.


  • 2017 state of 3D printing for prototyping
  • Rapid Prototyping vs Advanced Prototyping
  • How to accelerate, innovate, and move through design/engineering cycles faster
  • Bridging the investment gap: When to buy and when to partner with a service bureau
  • Using On Demand Manufacturing to test processes and materials
  • Supplementing internal teams with expertise and tools
  • Case Studies: Cost, time, and material savings
  • Case Studies: Process improvements

Speaker: Jeffry Turnmire
Professional Engineer and Vice President
Applied Engineering & Management Corporation

Session 2 – Analysis with Fusion 360

This session is an overview of tolerances, designing for assembly, 2D drafting, and draft angles. Afterwards participants will be introduced to Fusion 360’s analysis tools for checking whether a model is ready for production.


  • Using Fusion 360.
  • Drafting analysis in Fusion 360.
  • Using the section view to check tolerances.
  • Using Fusion 360 to create manufacturing drawings and spec tolerances.

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
Session 1
11:00am – 11:45am EST
Session 2
11:45am – 12:30pm EST

Speaker: Alexander Berry
Director and Product Designer
Sutrue: Handheld Suturing Devices

Session 1 – Prototyping with 3D Printing: Learn Process from Sutrue’s Surgical Prototypes

Learn how to prepare a design for 3D printing from Alex Berry, creator of Sutrue, a startup medical device company that has designed an automated surgical suturing device and is currently working on creating an endoscopic version. The session includes identifying what it is you are testing for in your prototypes (fit, finish, or function) and preparing your model for different printing processes. Topics covered will be tolerances per printer and per print process, segmenting large models to fit them in the build area, print orientation concerns and creating modularized prints to test only the areas that are critical. Alex will share lessons learned from prototyping for medical devices.


  • A review of planning your prototype process.
  • Preparing your model for 3D printing on different processes.
  • Using Fusion 360 to slice and key parts for 3D printing.
  • Sectioning your model to test only certain areas.
  • Orienting your part for printing.

Speaker: Daniel Enrique De Leon
Lead 3D/ZBrush Artist & Fabricator

Session 2 – Finishing Prototypes

Once the model has been printed, it needs to be finished! During this session, methods for joining, sanding, priming, and painting parts will be discussed. Finished prototypes are great for photography, mold making and for fit or functional requirements as it may be important to maintain tolerance levels during the finishing process.


  • Finishing, sanding, preparing prints for photography.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
Session 1
11:00am – 11:45am EST
Session 2
11:45am – 12:30pm EST

Speaker: Kat Ely
Principal Designer & Founder
CLEAR Design Lab

Session 1 – Mold Making Using 3D Printing

Another application for 3D printing is in the production of prototype molds. Considerations for mold making with 3D printing and mold design will be presented during this session.


  • Mold design.
  • Mold considerations when 3D printing.
  • How 3D printed molds compare to traditional molding techniques.
  • Prototyping molds with 3D printing.

Speaker: Jeremy Simon
Technology Executive
3D Universe

Session 2 – Manufacturing with 3D Printing

The latest trend in 3D printing isn’t just using it for prototyping. Digital Direct Manufacturing, or DDM for short, is the process whereby 3D printed CAD models are shipped directly to the customer. Learn when and how you can apply 3D printing to your manufacturing needs.


  • When and why to use 3D printing for production.
  • How to optimize your production process and costs.
  • Real-world experience on “bootstrapping” production with 3D printing.


Register in groups for a unique team-building experience and get everyone working together.Contact us to learn more.

Prior Online Course Testimonials

Great course! I love how many different minds approach the many possible applications of 3D printing, and this course surely showed me how vast this technology can get. I certainly got a lot of ideas from this course.
Jan Philippe Carino, Owner, Transmedia

The Beginner Design for 3D Printing course provided me the perfect training to build a foundation in 3D printing. It gave a good array of various softwares, applications, and information on what printer or program is best for the intended end-use. I highly recommend this course for someone wanting to take their first step or solidify their base knowledge in 3D printing.
Participant, Beginner Design for 3D Printing

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