Advanced 3D Printing Class


5 Lessons

2,871 Enrolled

Advanced 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. This class is the next level after Intermediate 3D Printing.


Lesson 1: A live demo of the stamp project:

Lesson 2: Covers the Sculpt tools in Fusion 360:

Lesson 3: Demonstrates more complex modeling and mechanical joints:

Enter an Instructables Contest!

If you've used the skills you learned in this class to design something awesome, try writing an instructable about it and entering one of our contests for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Fusion 360 Web App

The browser-only version of Fusion 360 is finally live! You can now sketch, 3D model, and export files for 3D printing all in a web browser (Google Chrome probably works best). If you already have a Fusion account, just go to your projects and click on any project, then click the + New > Fusion Design.

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

Here's a complete list of software, hardware, and supplies you'll need to take the class.

Lesson 2: Bike Fender Part 1: Bike Saddle

Learn some advanced 3D modeling techniques by designing and printing a multi-part bike fender. You'll start by making a 3D model of a bike saddle based on measurements and imported photos.

Lesson 3: Bike Fender Part 2: Using Parameters

Learn to use global properties that will help you quickly change our overall design without having to start over.

Lesson 4: Bike Fender Part 3: Integrating Hardware

Learn how to download and integrate screws and nuts so our printed parts can have rigid construction in the real world.

Lesson 5: Bike Fender Part 4: Multi-Part Design

Refine the design to make it smoother and more elegant, and design features that will make for easy adhesive assemblies when the parts are printed.

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