Beginner 3D Printing Class


4 Lessons

45,356 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. You'll learn Fusion 360, an awesome (free) 3D modeling program that will let you design just about anything. You'll also learn the ins-and-outs of desktop 3D-printing. 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!


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.


Tools + Materials

Lesson 1: Tools + Materials

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

Tools + Materials

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Fusion 360 Orientation

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.

Fusion 360 Orientation

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Stamp Project

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.

Stamp Project

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Setup and 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.

Setup and Print

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