LessonsAsk a QuestionEnrolledGift Class


Easy 3D Printing


8 Lessons

10,030 Enrolled

Beginner Level

3D printing can be intimidating if you're new to it, but it's easier than you think! This class will give you the skills you need to make your own 3D printed designs using TinkerCAD- a fun, browser-based 3D modeling program that anyone can learn in no time. Join us and you'll be a digital maker in no time.

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: Welcome

Here's a quick overview of what you'll learn in this class.

Lesson 2: Tools and Materials for Easy 3D Printing

This is a detailed list of tools, materials, and software you'll need to take the class. We'll also cover service bureaus so you can still 3D print without your own printer.

Lesson 3: Name That Keychain

In this lesson, you'll get acquainted with the TinkerCAD interface by making your own monogrammed keychain.

Lesson 4: Using a Slicer

A slicer is the step between 3D modeling software (TinkerCAD) and the 3D printer. In this lesson you'll learn how to prepare your 3D models for printing.

Lesson 5: Setup and Print

In this less, you'll learn how to setup and operate a desktop 3D printer. You'll also learn lots of useful tips and tricks to get the best results.

Lesson 6: Numbered Die

Now that you're familiar with the 3D modeling and printing process, this numbered die project will help get you used to thinking in 3D. You'll also learn some new tools in TinkerCAD that will be useful for any project you may have in mind.

Lesson 7: Smart Phone Amplifier

For the final (and most advanced) project in the class, you'll measure a smart phone, then translate its dimensions into a 3D object. You'll also learn some new techniques for modeling different kinds of shapes.

Lesson 8: Wrapping Up

Now that you're comfortable with the software and hardware, you'll get some advice on where to go next. We'll also show you how prepare TinkerCAD models for Minecraft!

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