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
Free online software for 3D modeling, also has free access to designs from other users! We recommend creating a profile before the class.
Online platform of 3D printing lesson plans, some are free.
If you have a laptop or a tablet please bring it to class!