This class has evolved greatly over the past year and a half. This is an extended version that is essentially two classes: Foundations of 3D Printing, and Introduction to 3D Modeling. The goal of the class is to give a complete primer on printing processes and software, then show how you can apply that knowledge to create your own designs and manufacture them at home or from a service bureau like Shapeways. You will also learn about selling items from your Shapeways shop, custom object co-creation, and the logistics of re-selling printed items through other venues like Etsy and Ebay.
Learn the core skill for creation in the 21st century with one of the most experienced designer/modelers in the business. I will get you up and running with basic skills and provide expert consultation on what tools and techniques to focus on for your area of interest, whether in jewelry, character, scale models, or product design.
Session 1: Foundations of 3D Printing - 6:30pm to 7:30pm -
This class presents the foundations of 3D modeling and 3D printing, reviews some of the tools you can use to get started, then shares the most essential characteristics that make a model successful and outlines some of the most common issues you might encounter. If you have existing design experience in any medium, you will find it suprisingly easy to transfer those skills to this new technology. For those just getting started, there are many easy-to-learn tools to help you get immediate, satisfying results. I'll tell you all about them.
Session 2: Intro to 3D Modeling for 3D Printing - 7:45pm to 9:00pm
We'll discuss what types of tools and techniques are best matched to what you want to make, and provide sample files for you to experiment with. After introducing you to the different types of modeling using the free tools, we'll move on to some of the premium software you should look into as your skills and needs advance. Optionally, you may bring your laptop so you can try the various tools as the class progresses. We recommend installing at least Sketchup, but for the full experience, also download and install 123D Design, Wings3D, Meshlab and Blender.
New for this edition of the class: With your ticket purchase you will also get a variety of sample files to help you get started immediately, including Sketchup templates for iPhone, iPod Nano and Shuffle, so you can easily design an unlimited number of products around them.
Bringing a Laptop is Optional, but if you'd like to try the tools during the class, bring your charger and an external mouse. We do recommend that you create an account on Shapeways prior to the class.
Shapeways.com is the world’s leading 3D printing marketplace and community. The NY start-up harnesses 3D printing to help anyone turn ideas into a physical reality, making product design more accessible, personal, and inspiring. Shapeways prints everything on-demand, which means that every order is customized and personalized. By providing a platform for community members to gain access to cutting edge 3D printing technology and share their designs with the world, Shapeways is democratizing production. For more information, go to: www.shapeways.com
Owner/Industrial Designer at 40WestID
Aaron Trocola is a teacher and industrial designer who has been creating 3D designs and working with technology start-up companies for over 15 years. At 33 years old, he has more than 20,000 hours of 3D modeling experience in CAD, animation, and visualization. He has experience with a variety of man... view full bio