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- 16 lessons accessible anytime, anywhere
- Learn by doing with hours of project focused instruction
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Welcome to the world of 3D printing! In this class, you will learn everything you need to know to design and 3D print your own creations. It’s really three-classes-in-one. We’ll learn Fusion 360, an awesome (free) 3D modeling program that will let you design just about anything. We’ll learn the ins-and-outs of desktop 3D-printing, and we’ll learn how to sketch by hand so we can generate solid ideas. With this class and enough practice, you’ll be a pro in no time.
Lesson 1: Class Overview In this lesson, you’ll get an overview of how this class will teach you to design and 3D print your own creations.
Lesson 2: Intro to 3D Modeling Forget downloading a model someone else made and printing it because you can. Design your own stuff! In this lesson, we’ll get acquainted with the Fusion 360 interface.
Lesson 3: Stamp Project In this lesson, we will design, model, and 3D print our first project: a wax seal stamp. We’ll learn some basic modeling in Fusion 360, and prepare our first 3D print.
Lesson 4: Setup and Print In this lesson, we’ll learn how to set up a desktop FDM 3D printer to get the best prints possible. We’ll print the wax stamp and try it out.
Lesson 5: Fit Tests In this lesson, we’ll prep and 3D print a handy tool for checking fitting tolerances between parts.
Lesson 6: Bottle Lock Part 1: Base Model For our second project, we’re going to design and model a bottle lock. For Part 1, we’ll learn how to translate hand measurements into 3D models.
Lesson 7: Bottle Lock Part 2: Mechanical Assembly In Part 2, we’re going to work with joints to turn our two halves into to working, connected moving parts. We’ll also learn how to smooth out edges to make things more ergonomical.
Lesson 8: Bottle Lock Part 3: 3D Printing with Support Structures In Part 3, we’ll learn how to 3D-print complex parts without distortion.
Lesson 9: Design with Hand Sketching Hand sketching as important as thinking for a designer. In this lesson, we’ll learn some useful techniques that will help you get your work to the next level before you even start 3D modeling.
Lesson 10: Bike Fender Part 1: Bike Saddle For our final project, we’ll learn some advanced 3D modeling techniques by designing and printing a multi-part bike fender. In Part 1, we’ll make a 3D model of a bike saddle based on measurements and imported photos.
Lesson 11: Bike Fender Part 2: Using Parameters In Part 2, we’ll learn to use global properties that will help us quickly change our overall design without having to start over.
Lesson 12: Bike Fender Part 3: Integrating Hardware In Part 3, we’ll learn how to download and integrate screws and nuts so our printed parts can have rigid construction in the real world.
Lesson 13: Bike Fender Part 4: Multi-Part Design In Part 4, we’ll refine the design to make it smoother and more elegant. We’ll also learn to design features that will make for easy adhesive assemblies when the parts are printed.
Lesson 14: Assembly and Finishing In this lesson, we’ll learn some useful techniques for finishing 3D printed parts.
Lesson 15: Start Making This lesson has a bunch of projects that will inspire you to use your new skills and keep making awesome stuff.
Lesson 16: Glossary The glossary is your own personal 3D Printing Encyclopedia!