Introduction to 3D Printing: From Concept to Product

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Class Project

Model Your Own 3D Design for a Hand-Held Object

About the Class

This class will teach you exactly how to model a 3D hand-held, print-ready, object using only free tools, with no prior experience necessary. 

If you've been on the internet in the last year you've probably read an article (or two, or three) about 3D printing and how it's shaping the future of product design forever. Magic! 

This class will uncover the core processes behind the hype and share one of the most special qualities of the 3D printing revolution: that it's accessible to anyone and companies like Shapeways, where I work as a Designer Evangelist, are making the process easier than ever. 

What You'll Learn

  • What is 3D Printing? We'll define what 3D printing is, why it's gotten so much attention as of late and what its potential could be. 
  • Designing from Sketch. We'll also discuss a second way to produce your 3D model - designing from a sketch with a whole host of free software options. 
  • From Model to Product. We'll walk through what your next steps would be to get your design printed - what pricing to expect, how it works and where to get it done. 

What You'll Make

You'll model your own 3D design for a hand-held object using free software options we'll cover in class. Customize your object (think monograms, colors) and leave this class ready to print! 

More Information

You will need the following for this course: a computer with an updated browser such as the latest version of Chrome (best for 3D and webGL), a digital camera (phone camera is fine), access to Photoshop or some photo editing software, pen and sketching paper, and a ruler.

Level: Beginner

School: Design

Related Subjects: DIY, Product Design, Prototyping, 3D Rendering, 3D Design, 3D Printing

At a Glance

  • Non-Membership Class
  • 6 Video Lessons (1h 3m)
  • 6.7K Students
  • 97% Positive Reviews (107)
  • Self-Paced Online Class
  • 14-Day Money Back Guarantee

About the Teacher

Lauren Slowik

Lauren Slowik

Designer Evangelist – Education | Shapeways

Lauren has contributed technology and design expertise to Apple, Inc., MoMA, the UN, the Ms. Foundation, and She is a Designer Evangelist for Education at Shapeways. She is a...

97% Positive Reviews

Lin Jackson

Lin Jackson

Thanks! Great instructional video. Hard concepts explained at a beginners level. Kudos.

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