Welcome to 3D printing 101, Sparkhaus style!
In this first session we will look at:
* Where you find designs to print (discover the thingiverse!)
* How to make your own designs
* How to 3D print your design
We will take you through all the steps from how to: choose a good design to print, how to prepare your 3D design for printing with a free slicer computer program that slices the 3D design into layers for printing, which materials you can use to print and how to choose the best material for the job, tips and tricks for getting the best results from your printer, how to load the plastic filament for printing, and last but definitely not least, how to print your design.
We will cover common 3D printing problems and how to solve them. We’ll even take a quick peek under the hood into the gcode that is the language that the slicer users to tell your printer what to do.
We will supply the 3D printers, the plastic filament, and the know how.
You bring your:
sense of humour,
any designs you want to print,
some means of connecting to the internet like your smart phone, etc.
If you’d like, install some free 3D design software on your laptop like Meshmixer which is a lot of fun and quite powerful (http://www.meshmixer.com/download.html) or if you are more an engineery-tech-drawing-kind-of-person have a look at Fusion360 (https://www.autodesk.com/campaigns/fusion-360-for-hobbyists)
Also, slicer programs depending on which printer you are would like to use: Ultimaker printers and similar use cura (https://ultimaker.com/en/blog/52572-download-ultimaker-cura-33-today) or for Makerbot Replicator or Creator Forge use Flashprint (http://www.flashforge.com/support-center/creator-pro/).
if you have your own 3d Printer, bring it in if you’d like to troubleshoot any problems or would like be shown a few simple but excellent tricks for optimising your prints.
Everyone will go home with their own 3D print, some free software, and a whole lot of new know-how on how to get started with 3D printing.
The teacher will be available for an hour after class in case any prints take a bit longer to print, or if you have any questions.
Cost: $20 Sparkhaus members
$30 non members