Intro to 3D Printing

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Intro to 3D Printing

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Intro to 3D Printing


This course will cover the  basic skills of 3D printing in the classroom or home.


BIGDELTA WASP is a 3D printer designed to print a whole house!

  1. Access to a desktop 3D printer and slicer program.
  2. Stable internet access.
  3. E-mail address that you can use to access online accounts.
  4. Please create an online account in TinkerCAD and Thingiverse .
  5. Ability to open and read pdf, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files.
  6. Metric ruler or digital calipers.
  7. Emeroy board or wet/dry sandpaper, hobby knife, needle nose pliers, oyster knife or 1 inch paint scraper.
  8. You will be responsible for the purchase of filament. PLA filament cost $0.05 to $0.60 per gram. We will use PLA for all 3D prints in this course.


Stan Baldwin is a science teacher and 3D printer. He owns a 3D printing firm, 3D-PT that specializes in printing items for people with disabilities.



  • 1. What is 3D Printing? 

    This will cover the history of 3D printing, as well as the basic concepts.

    • 1. What is 3D Printing?
    • 1. What is 3D Printing? Quiz
  • 2. Parts of a 3D printer 

    Learn about the parts of all common desktop FDM printers.

    • 2. Parts of a 3D Printer
    • 2. Parts of a 3D Printer Quiz
  • 3. Digital Files 

    Cover the different file types and which ones to use for your print.

    • 3. Digital Files
    • 3. Digital Files Quiz
  • 4. First 3D print 

    Download 1st file and 3D print. There is no test for this lesson.

    • 4. First 3D Print
  • 5. Resolution, Shells & Infill 

    You will explore the properties of a print that will give you different finishing textures and 3D print strength.

    • 5. Resolution, Shells & Infill
    • 5. Resolution, Shells and Infill Quiz
  • 6. Bridging, Support, and Overhangs 

    In this lesson you will learn about prints that require bridges, supports, and overhangs.

    • 6. Bridging, Support, and Overhangs
    • 6. Bridging, Support and Overhang Quiz
  • 7. Rafts and Brims 

    As you print more complex objects, rafts and brims will help your prints stick to the build plate.

    • 7. Rafts and Brims
    • 7. Rafts and Brims Quiz
  1. Les says

    I have started with 3D Printing and if possible would like to start your course.

    Many Thanks


  2. bob says

    Partner with us at and we will both grow. Keep up the good work!

    Contact us for more information.

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