Workshop: Introduction to 3D Printing and Design with Shapeways
If you don’t have a 3D printer, you can still learn 3D design and get prints of your creations! Participants will learn how to use Tinkercad to produce original 3D designs from geometric shapes and extruded images, and then upload those designs for 3D printing with the by-mail Shapeways service. This session will include lots of time for you to try things out yourself and to ask lots of questions. Even if you’ve never designed or printed a 3D model before, by the end of the workshop you’ll be able to order a 3D print of your own unique design, if you like.
Format: Workshop, 2 hours
Target Audience: College or upper-level high school students, adults, educators, and the general public.
Content Overview: An introduction to Tinkercad, including some advanced topics like 2D extrusion and interlocking models. Then, an introduction to Shapeways, including how Strong & Flexible Nylon 3D prints are made, and how to optimize 3D designs for printing with that process. This workshop is based on lessons from the Shapeways New York Public Library curriculum.
3D Models: I will bring a nice collection of 3D-printed models to pass around and show. Depending on audience size I can sometimes bring a small 3D print for all participants, or a relevant handout.
Participant requirements: No 3D printing experience is required, but participants must be familiar with basic computer/mouse operation including using the internet and finding files on the computer. Because of the hands-on nature of this workshop, size should be limited to a maximum of 8 groups at computer stations.
Computer station requirements: This workshop is a hands-on experience in which participants use computers or laptops to experiment with 3D printing software, like a live tutorial. Participants must have access to a computer to be able to get much out of the workshop, although 2-3 people can share computers if necessary. 3D design software is easiest to use with a three-button scroll mouse; participants using simpler mice or trackpads may have some difficulty navigating. It is important to have another person on site who is familiar with local internet/hardware and can assist with basic computer issues during the workshop.
3D Printer Requirements: No 3D printer is required on site, because participants will upload designs to Shapeways for ordering. Participants can expect to pay about $10 including shipping to order prints of their 3D models.
AV Requirements: Computer projector and screen with sound, internet connection. Large table for 3D printed models.