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3D Printing Basics


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Are you 3D Printing curious?

Want to know what all the hype is about or get some hands-on experience with 3D printing methods?

We will be introducing you to the what and how of 3D printers and then playing with simple 3D modeling software for a take home print.

This workshop is good for those who want to know the basics, as well as those looking to tap into a 3D printing community.


- Presentation on hardware, software, consumables and applications
- Hands on introduction to basic software for modeling STL files (TinkerCAD, Fusion 360, Meshmixer)
- Printing small model

*Questions throughout

We will be using delta 3D printers. The printers are all connected to a wireless hub and we connect to them wirelessly via web browser. No software is necessary to control and submit jobs on the printers. Although we recommend you download Cura v15.02.1 before coming.

Please bring a laptop and for experienced users bring one with your favorite slicer and 3d modeling software installed (and bring a mouse). Additional laptops may be available with advanced notice.

The software we use for slicing 3D files is called Cura v. 15.02.1 (https://ultimaker.com/en/products/cura-software/download-request/25/Cura_15.02.1.exe)(an older version works best with our printers).

One software we use for adding supports (if necessary) is called MeshMixer (http://www.meshmixer.com/download.html) by autodesk.

One CAD software we’re gonna use is web-based TinkerCAD and requires no installation.

We prefer you use Fusion 360.