3D Printing Practical Applications Workshop

3D Printing: A One and a half day  Practical Applications Workshop

Attendees may opt to attend both days of training or only Day One or Day Two.

Day One- 3D Printing: What It Is and How It Works

Course Length: Half Day (Four Hours)


This 4-hour class will immerse the students in a hands-on learning environment where they will be shown the guts and plumbing of 3D Printers, their working parts, their fabrication principles, their peripherals, maintenance considerations, cyber resource ecosystems components including design software, template repositories, social aspects, store fronts, etc.  This class will also address consumer awareness considerations to help participants make informed purchasing decisions.  The class will conclude with the instructor demonstrating actual 3D “thing” creation. When students leave this class, they will have a deeper understanding of 3D Printing, its current state, the future hype and how to bring 3D printing into their world, whether home, hobby or business.


This course is designed for anyone with a curiosity about 3D printing, current owners of 3D printers whether hobbyists, entrepreneurs, designers or corporate associates.


There are no prerequisites for this course except an interest in 3D Printing and Design.

Course Outline

Intro: Class will vote for an item to be printed during class.
Lesson 1: 3D printing technology. (Additive Manufacturing)

  • Topic A: SLA (Stereolithography)
  • Topic B: SLS (Selective Laser Sintering)
  • Topic C: Polyjet
  • Topic D: FDM (Fused deposition modeling)
  • Topic E: Pro vs consumer vs prosumer

Lesson 2: Uses for 3D printing Vs. Traditional Manufacturing

  • Topic A: Prototyping, Iteration
  • Topic B: Rapid, customizable production
  • Topic C: Designs unique to 3D printing
  • Topic D: As part of a larger manufacturing process

Lesson 3:  FDM Printer function and use

  • Topic A: Filament choices (PLA, ABS, Others)
  • Topic B: XYZ coordinates
  • Topic C: Moving parts
    o Extruder (hot end)
    o Gantry
    o Build plate
    o Filament Spool

Lesson 4: Things to Print

  • Topic A: Thingverse
  • Topic B: Computer Aided Design Programs

Lesson 5: Print Preparation

  • Topic A: Printer connection
  • Topic B:  File formats
  • Topic C: Layout, orientation, scaling
  • Topic D:  Print Settings
  • Topic E: Slicing

Lesson 6: Post Processing: What to do after you print
• Topic A: Painting, Sanding, Filing
Students will print Object!


Day Two: The Fabrication Lab

Course Length: One Day


Each student will become an inventor! Students will be assigned their own laptop connected to the cloud and will be guided by our 3D Print instructor in the basic design, design refinement using supplied CAD software, design file management, design output and actual printing of their individual and unique designs including best practices, known pitfalls, printer preparation and options. The Student/Inventors will leave this class with their 3D printed design creation in their hands and future access to their design via a cloud-based 3D design program.


Anyone who ever thought about or has actually created a 3D printed object (“thing”) will benefit from this learning experience.


None required. Recommended completing the PKS one-day 3D Printing Fabrication course

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Types of Computer Aided Design Programs

  • Topic A: Solid Modeling
  • Topic B: Digital Sculpting
  • Topic C: Combination programs

Lesson 2: Elementary solid modeling with TinkerCAD

  • Topic A: XYZ Coordinates
  • Topic B: Examples of basic design principles
  • Topic C: Shape Generators
  • Topic D: Design practice

Lesson 3: Digital Sculpting with Sculptris

  • Topic A: Overview of Digital Sculpting
  • Topic B: Controls and Brushes
  • Topic C: Triangle Meshes

Lesson 4: Intermediate Solid Modeling with 123D Design

  • Topic A: View options
  • Topic B: Similarities to TinkerCAD
  • Topic C: Additional features

Lesson 5: Uses for Meshmixer

  • Topic A: Overview and basic controls
  • Topic B: Selection
  • Topic C: Useful Tools for 3D Printing and design
  • Topic D: Digital Sculpting with Meshmixer

Lesson 6: OpenSCAD

  • Topic A: 3D design with code
  • Q&A and exit conversation