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Beginner 3D Printing Class


4 Lessons

38,491 Enrolled

Beginner Level

Welcome to the world of 3D printing! In this class, you will learn everything you need to know to design and 3D print your own creations. It's really three-classes-in-one. We'll learn Fusion 360, an awesome (free) 3D modeling program that will let you design just about anything. We'll learn the ins-and-outs of desktop 3D-printing, and we'll learn how to sketch by hand so we can generate solid ideas. With this class and enough practice, you'll be a pro in no time. If you want a more lightweight introduction to 3D printing, check out our free Easy 3D Printing Class!

Join My Webinar Series!

Want to dig deeper into 3D modeling? I'm hosting a Webinar series with hundreds of students worldwide, and you are invited. First, I'll teach the Wax Stamp lesson from this class in real time, then I'll teach you how to use the Sculpt Tools to make organic forms (not covered in the 3D printing class), then finally, I'll teach the Bottle Lock lesson to cover working with multiple parts and mechanical joints. Also, all webinar attendees get a 20% discount at Shapeways!

All you have to do is download and install Fusion 360, then follow the links below to register for free.

Lesson 1 is over, thanks to everyone who joined us. Here's a link to the lesson on Youtube: https://youtu.be/RtKdGo-_YQ4

Lesson 2 is over, thanks to everyone who joined us. Here's a link to the lesson on Youtube: https://youtu.be/V126jQK7Urg

Lesson 3 is over, thanks to everyone who joined us. Here's a link to the lesson on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4XnonJ55Ag

Win your own 3D printer!

If you've created an Instructable that uses your 3D modeling or 3D printing skills, you might be able to enter it in our Untouchable Challenge for a chance to win a 3D Printer and a lot of other great prizes!

Class Author:JON-A-TRON

Jonathan Odom is a full-time Designer at the Instructables Design Studio (best job ever). His background is in residential architecture, film set design, film animatronics, media arts, exhibit design, and electronics. He's been 3D printing and 3D modeling for over 10 years, and he applies these skills to making toys, lamps, art, furniture, and a lot of other things.


Lesson 1: Tools + Materials

This is a list of tools, materials, and services that will help you make your projects.

Lesson 2: Fusion 360 Orientation

Forget downloading a model someone else made and printing it because you can. Design your own stuff! In this lesson, we'll get acquainted with the Fusion 360 interface.

Lesson 3: Stamp Project

In this lesson, we will design, model, and 3D print our first project: a wax seal stamp. We'll learn some basic modeling in Fusion 360, and prepare our first 3D print.

Lesson 4: Setup and Print

In this lesson, we'll learn how to set up a desktop FDM 3D printer to get the best prints possible. We'll print the wax stamp and try it out.

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!