Beginner Design for 3D Printing

Beginner Design for 3D Printing

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Course Description

No experience required. Learn the basics of CAD and the design rules for 3D printing. This course will cover the full design process, from conception to final prototype. The initial group of course registrants will receive a complimentary 3D print of their design mailed to them courtesy of Formlabs. Register now to qualify!

Each session in this 4-week intensive course focuses on learning design 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 the next week.

Each session will explore different approaches to designing in 3D, such as how to create a cube and sphere, combine objects, and add and subtract material. 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

Week 1 - Part 1

Thursday, March 9
2-2:45pm ET (11-11:45pm PT)

Speaker: Andrew Taylor, Community Manager for Tinkercad, part of AutoDesk.

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 CAD design tool that allows you to turn your idea into a CAD model for a 3D printer.

Week 1 - Part 2

Thursday, March 9
2:45-3:30pm ET (11:45-12:30pm PT)


Speaker: Jordan Pelovitz, Training & Development Lead, Formlabs

Beginning Design Principles – Part 2

Learn how you can optimize a part for additive, rather than subtractive manufacturing. Topics covered will include the design-slice-print workflow, designing for different 3D printing processes, part orientation at print time, and more.

Week 2

Thursday, March 16
2-3pm ET (11-12pm PT)

Speaker: Jesse Harrington Au, Creative Strategist, AutoDesk

Engineering Principles

An introduction to engineering basics that are essential to 3D printing design.

Week 3

Thursday, March 23
2-3pm ET (11-12pm PT)

Speaker: Kyle Houchens, Trainer and Tech Support, Robert McNeel and Associates

Sculptural Designs & Animation

Learn how to create, edit, analyze, and translate NURBS curves, surfaces, and solids in Windows using Rhino.

Week 4

Thursday, March 30
2-3pm ET (11-12pm PT)

Speaker: Jordan Pelovitz, Training & Development Lead, Formlabs

Intro to Programmatic Modeling

Parametric modeling is used in virtually every engineering and design office on the planet. In this session, you will learn best practices for designing a model that is meant to be modified after testing. Topics covered will include constraints, mating, and how to arrange your model features to give you maximum editability.

Final project

Learn how to make your design printable in 3D. After completion of your design, you will submit it to Formlabs, which will print your design and ship it directly to you.

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Early Bird Rate: $219 (until March 1st)
Standard Rate: $249

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