Course Description

Introduction To The World 3D Printing

This class will introduce you to the most common 3D printing currently being done. “FDM” Fused Deposition Modeling. We will take various plastic materials in a filament form which looks like the material you use in your weedwacker. Imagine being able to turn some of this into a 3dimentional model of nearly anything you can think of. Learn to print parts to repair many of the household items that get broken and thrown away simply because you can’t get one small part. Take some of your ideas that have been kicking around in your head and turn them into real tangible items. Have an idea for a product but don’t know where to go with it? Try printing it to start with. Make your own holiday decorations like Christmas ornaments or Halloween masks. The list is endless to what you can come up with. 

We will thoroughly cover how to use the software needed to program the printers. You will find the software very user friendly and free to download to your own computer as well. You will learn how to get great results from any 3D printer. We cover all of the basics of 3D printing as well as advanced techniques and trouble shooting of 3D printers. We will teach you the principal of 3D printing as well as how to feel comfortable around 3D printers. We want you to understand how the process works. You will find that it is a very simple process not too different from printing a letter or photo on your standard printer. We are confident that you will complete the class with the knowledge to 3d print on your own. We will cover various types of materials that contain wood and or metal mixed with PLA. “PLA” is the most popular plastic being used out there right now. 

(PLA)  Polylactic Acid is different than most thermoplastic polymers in that it is derived from renewable resources like corn starch or sugar cane. Polylactic Acid is biodegradable. Some of the most common uses include plastic films, bottles, and biodegradable medical devices (e.g. screws, pins, rods, and plates that are expected to biodegrade within 6-12 months). 

Okay, this all sounds great right? But you have no experience in cad modeling. So what good does knowing 3D printing do for you? Go on line and Google “Thingiverse” you will find literally thousands of models available for you to down load for free. There are many web sites like Thingiverse out there just Google 3D printing models. There are models of all types of items. There are models of items that others have modeled to fix their own house hold items. They print the model and then share the models with the rest of the world. People are sharing all sorts of stuff all over the world. There are prosthetics for people and for animals as well. All sorts of medical items even how to make your own dental braces. There are so many household items like lamps, toys, picture holders and on and on. Take a look at 3D printer prices. It’s amazing how little money you can purchase your own for or even build your own from a kit. We just happen to offer a class on that as well. 3D printing is here to stay!

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