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15 MINUTES
Welcome

There's really no limit to the things you can make with a 3D printer, but like every other tool, you need to know how to use it to get the best results. In this class, you'll learn the most important part of the process: how to design your own 3D objects, no previous experience required.

Using TinkerCAD, I'll walk you through three simple projects. We'll start with a monogrammed keychain, dig a little deeper with a pair of numbered dice for your favorite game, and finish with a portable amplifier for your smart phone.

You'll also learn how to setup and operate a desktop 3D printer. If you don't have your own 3D printer, you can still take the class and get your models printed at a service bureau, which we'll cover in the Tools and Materials lesson.


What You'll Make

Monogrammed Keychain

To get you acquainted with the basic functions and features, we'll start with a monogrammed keychain. You'll learn how to move, scale, cut, and group objects to prepare them for 3D printing.

Numbered Die

Next, you'll learn some more useful tools, like rotate and align, to help you think in three dimensions.

Smart Phone Amplifier

Finally, you'll combine your skills to make the final project: an analog smart phone amplifier. You'll measure your smartphone, then use those dimensions to create an amp that your phone fits in it perfectly.


What's Next

In the next lesson, we'll provide an extensive list of tools, materials, and software you'll need to take the class. We hope you'll join us!

CLASS PROJECT

Share a photo of your finished project with the class!

Nice work! You've completed the class project