Beginner Design for 3D Printing

Beginner Design for 3D Printing

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Course Description

No experience required. Learn the basics of 3D modeling programs (CAD) and the design rules for 3D printing. This course will cover the entire design process, from conception to final prototype.
Each session in this 2-week intensive course focuses on learning design & printing principles and applying what you’ve learned to a different tool, with assignment prompts to go check out the tool and create a design within a few days.
Each session will explore different approaches to designing in 3D, such as how to best use each program and export printable files. Once you complete this introductory course, you will be ready to take Advanced Design for 3D Printing, which begins one week later.

Course participants who attend all sessions (or view the recordings) and complete all assignments will receive a certificate of completion from

Course Schedule

Session 1

Tuesday, June 20
2-3pm ET (11am-12pm PT)

Speaker: Erin Arden, Entrepreneur, 3D Printer and 3D Design Specialist, Previously MakerBot Training Director

Beginning Design Principles – Part 1

An overview of ways to think about designing basic shapes for 3D printing, followed by a demonstration of Tinkercad, an easy-to-use 3D modeling program that allows you to turn your idea into a design for a 3D printer.

Session 2

Thursday, June 22
2-3pm ET (11am-12pm PT)

Speaker: Erin Arden, Entrepreneur, 3D Printer and 3D Design Specialist, Previously MakerBot Training Director

Beginning Design Principles – Part 2

Concluding your time in Tinkercad, this session will cover how to import 2D and 3D files for manipulation and use, use community-developed shapes, and create complex geometry holes.

How to Prep Your Models For Printing

Demo of 3D printer preparation programs and how to use them. See a few examples of difficult to plate models and discuss different orientations for different results.

Session 3

Tuesday, June 27
2-3pm ET (11-12pm PT)

Speaker: Andrej Klement, Customer Education Lead at Vectary

Broken Files & Manifold 3D Design

Learn to recognize a broken 3D model and how to prevent designing them using a polygon modeling tool called Vectary.

Session 4

Thursday, June 29
2-3pm ET (11am-12pm PT)

Speaker: Jennifer Fry, Digital Art Educator, Larkspur Corte Madera Schools (CA)

Sculptural Designs

Learn how to create designs in the digital sculpting tool, Pixologic Sculptris. This unique program is similar to working with clay. Covers a basic sculpture, considerations for 3D printing and what professions use digital sculpting.

Final project

Learn how to make your design printable in 3D.

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