In this course, you will learn how to separate the real promise of 3D technology from the hype and understand the workflow for a consumer-level 3D printer. You will become familiar with some typical online databases of objects available to print, and get a bit of experience with free or open-source software for all stages of the process. This class will introduce you to the tools of the open 3D printer ecosystem, but the principles will apply to consumer 3D printers in general.
Login information will be sent to your email address three days prior to the start of class.
About Your Instructors
Joan Horvath and Rich “Whosawhatsis” Cameron are the co-founders of maker technology consultancy Nonscriptum LLC (www.nonscriptum.com) and previously were respectively VP of Business Development and VP of R&D at a small Kickstarter-funded 3D printer company. They collaborate on books for Apress, most recently “The New Shop Class.” Joan’s experience includes a 16 year stint in the aerospace industry, adjunct positions at several universities, and consulting in a wide variety of circumstances. She has degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and an Engineering MS from UCLA. Rich is an open-source 3D printer guru who designed one of the early open source 3D printers, the Wallace, and later the commercially-available Bukito.
Course OutlineUnit 1: What is a 3D Printer?
-Understanding additive manufacturing and how it is different from traditional subtractive manufacturing
-How 3D printers work – different types
-The 3D printing workflow: modeling, slicing, printing
-The state of the art in consumer printers
Unit 2: Getting a 3D Model
-Free and/or open source modeling software (Tinkercad, OpenSCAD)
-Scanning in a model
-The model databases (Thingiverse, YouMagine)
Unit 3: Slicing Your Model
-Design rules for consumer 3D printers
-What is slicing?
-Infill, overhangs, rafts, skirts
-Finding and using free and open source slicing software (MatterControl, Cura)
-Materials choices for consumer 3D printing
Unit 4: Using Your Printer
-Classroom application examples: learning by making
-Applications for teaching the visually impaired
-Using a 3D printer for home tinkering
-Bigger picture and the future: medicine, construction, more.
Learner OutcomesCourse Outcomes
At the end of the course, you will:
- Know the workflow process of a consumer-level 3D printer
- Understand the design issues for a 3D printable file
- Be able to navigate typical 3D model databases
- Be aware of the different materials available for consumer 3D printing
- Know about real-world 3D printing case studies
-Know how to find out more
- Learn about the realistic limitations of consumer 3D printers
- Discover the three stages of a 3D print: modeling, slicing and printing
- Find out how to locate and evaluate printable files in free online libraries
- See case studies of real-world applications
- Learn how to navigate the free and open source software options available for each part of the printing workflow