Technology and 3D printing

June 16, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This class will provide a general overview of 3D printing and its use in the research setting. You will learn the fundamentals of what is a 3D model and what makes a 3D model suitable for a 3D printer. You will also learn about how we use 3D printing and other new technologies in labs in our department. The 2-hour session will combine a short introduction of the basic concepts together with interactive activities and a DIY project.

We will deep into:

  • What is 3D designing and printing?
  • How to use Tinkercad, a free online collection of software tools.
  • What are the best practices for designing in Tinkercad software, specifically for 3D printing?
  • Why is 3D printing useful for scientific research?
  • How we combine 3D printing with other technologies to design and create our own devices in research?

You will practice:

  • How to modify a 3D model.
  • How to create basic 3D models.
  • How to use a FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) 3D printer and the desktop software.
  • How to use some of the own designed devices that are being used in the labs in our department.

Resources and recommended material

  • https://www.tinkercad.com
    Free online software for 3D modeling, also has free access to designs from other users! We recommend creating a profile before the class.

If you have a laptop or a tablet please bring it to class!