Intro to 3D Printing
This course will cover the basic skills of 3D printing in the classroom or home.
TECHNICAL & MATERIAL REQUIREMENTS
- Access to a desktop 3D printer and slicer program.
- Stable internet access.
- E-mail address that you can use to access online accounts.
- Please create an online account in TinkerCAD and Thingiverse .
- Ability to open and read pdf, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files.
- Metric ruler or digital calipers.
- Emeroy board or wet/dry sandpaper, hobby knife, needle nose pliers, oyster knife or 1 inch paint scraper.
- 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.
2. Parts of a 3D printer
Learn about the parts of all common desktop FDM printers.
3. Digital Files
Cover the different file types and which ones to use for your print.
4. First 3D print
Download 1st file and 3D print. There is no test for this lesson.
5. Resolution, Shells & Infill
You will explore the properties of a print that will give you different finishing textures and 3D print strength.
6. Bridging, Support, and Overhangs
In this lesson you will learn about prints that require bridges, supports, and overhangs.
7. Rafts and Brims
As you print more complex objects, rafts and brims will help your prints stick to the build plate.