3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), refers to processes used to create a threedimensional object in which material is joined or solidified under computer control to create an object, with material being added together (such as liquid molecules or powder grains being fused together).
Objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and typically are produced using digital model data from a 3D model or another electronic data source such as an Additive Manufacturing File (AMF) file (usually in sequential layers).
Stereolithography (STL) is one of the most common file types that is used for 3D Printing. Thus, unlike material removed from a stock in the conventional machining process, 3D printing or AM builds a three-dimensional object from computer-aided design (CAD) model or AMF file, usually by successively adding material layer by layer.
This course is based on the Project Learning method. An Ultimaker 2+ is available for 3d printing, the Cura software is used to prepare the printing student's creations and the Open Source Blender software for 3d design.
In this training we aim to enrich students and professionals with an introduction to understanding what 3D printing and modelling is and how 3D printers work. This is a comprehensive hands-on course with emphasis on creativity. Enrolled individuals will model and design 3D objects. Students will get a chance to print their designs in 3D. There will also be a final capstone project where the participants will model, design and print their ideas.
The program combines both theory and practice. It is a highly practical course and is therefore run in a computer laboratory with a workstation (with required software tools installed) provided to each participant.
The purpose of the course is to learn basic concepts of designing and printing of 3D models. Students will acquire knowledges including:
- The parts and the way that 3d printers function
- The materials used in 3d printing
- The areas of human activities in which 3d printing is used
- Use of 3d applications and their tools, to design models for 3d printing including
tinkercad and blender.
Students will also acquire skills like
- Operate a 3d printer
- Set the proper properties to the printing software, in order to have a reliable print out
to prepare their 3d models for 3d printing
- To recognize and to use productively the basic tools of a 3d design application.
At the end of the course students must be able to:
- Name and describe the basic parts of a 3d printer and the basic printing materials and
3d printing techniques
- Describe the basic services of a 3d printing software
- Describe the capabilities of a 3d modeling system
- Name and describe the common functions of a 3d design software
- Model and print their own creations
14 Weeks (full semester)
3D Modeling Software
- Fusion 360
Slicers & 3D Printer Hosts
- Ultimaker Cura
- High mechanical aptitude
- Strong attention to detail
- Effective communication skills
- Strong organizational abilities
- Little or no knowledge in Computer-Aided Design (CAD).
- Knowledge on AutoCAD software’s will be an added advantage.
- A laptop running a windows operating system.
- Course Outline
- Introduction to 3D printing
- 3D Printing applications and Software’s
- 3D Printing Hardware
- Loading Fusion 360
- The CAD Environment
- Best Practices for Running CAD
- Common CAD Files Types
- CAD Libraries
- A Short History of Digital Manufacturing
- Design for 3D Print
- Fusion 360 Modeling
- Collaborating on Files
- Process Flow
- Fusion 360 Sculpting
- Moving between Environments
- Matching Imported Geometry
- 3DP in Public Media 3
- The 3DP Business Case
- Working with Meshes
- Scanning Tools
- Editing Scanned Files
- Fixing Scan Bugs
- Printing in Plastic
- Optimizing for Print
- Print De-Bugging
- Printing in Metal
- Prototype I
- Making Assemblies
- Moving and Aligning Parts
- Motion Studies
- Printing in glass, wood, concrete & more
- Prototype II
- Advanced Modeling Tools
- Optimizing Files for Different Methods
- Debugging Prints
- CAD Rendering
- Mechanical Drawings
- Photographing Parts
- 3D printing lab experiment
- Materials in 3D printing
- Student Presentations