3D Printing Makerspace Class

Now that another week has passed, it is time for a more recent MakerSpace update! A few weeks ago, James wrote a blog post about one of the 3D printers that we were entrusted with. In addition to the 3D Touch, we were also charged with a MakerBot Replicator 2. Having two printers on loan, Larissa decided that it was about time for a training session on the basic use and care of the 3D printer.  Two Fridays ago, we had an introductory class on the new 3D printers, and last Friday was a class on basic 3D design.

Digilent's 3D Touch and Replicator 2.
Digilent’s 3D Touch and the MakerBot Replicator 2.

Garrett Mace from Macetech.com generously designed and taught these classes. In the first class, he covered the very basics of 3D printing, including finding and uploading STL files for print, common mistakes people make, as well as basic maintenance of the 3D printer. In the second class, he covered the basics of 3D design. Some of those basics included the difference between parametric and mesh modeling and the different software available. He demonstrated a very simple design and covered the basic features of AutoDesk Inventor, Autodesk 123D Design, OpenSCAD, MeshMixer, SketchUp, and several other free options.


We hope to have this two-part MakerSpace series again and open it up to the general public. For more information on this class, you can view the slideshow here. For more projects from our MakerSpace, go to the Digilent MakerSpace Instructables group here.

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One Comment on “3D Printing Makerspace Class”

  1. 3D printers are better for making dynamic designs, such printers much influence the world much like smartphones and laptops. looking forward your next post.

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