3D Print Your Invention: Learn 3D Modeling and Digital Fabrication

Lance Atkins, Product Designer

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12 Lessons (1h 29m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. Welcome to Class!

    • 3. 3D Printers and Their Materials

    • 4. 123D Design Intro

    • 5. Modifying Faces and Edges

    • 6. Snapping and Cruising

    • 7. 2D Sketching and Extruding

    • 8. Upload and Price 3D Prints

    • 9. Lofting Solids

    • 10. Revolving Solids

    • 11. Model Your Final Project - Part 1

    • 12. Model Your Final Project - Part 2


About This Class


3D printing is exciting and new and awesome. You may have wanted to try your hand at 3D printing, but it can be hard to know where to start. This class will teach you how to jump in, create your own 3D models, and ultimately print your designs to hold in your own hands.

Your first 3D print is ridiculously fun. If you could make exactly what you’ve imagined, what would it be?

  • Inexpensively prototype the invention you’ve been dreaming up.
  • Design your own wedding ring in silver or titanium.
  • Build a new lamp for your house.
  • Print your own custom, ceramic coffee cup.


Who Should Take This Class?

This class is for beginners, with no experience required. We’ll be using software that’s enjoyable, learnable, and free (Mac and Windows). You don’t need to be an engineer to do this anymore.

We will take a unique approach to learning: building up, cutting down, and manipulating your 3D model -- much like building with clay in art class. When you’re finished, you will be ready to strike out on your own.

Win $100 and go nuts!

On January 31, three students will each win $100 of 3D printing credit. You'll be 3D printing like a madman by winning one of three categories -- most creative project -- most popular project -- and one randomly drawn student.


This class is designed to give you a complete “3D printing startup package.” Sign up and you’ll learn:

  • How to “build” your designs in 3D, using just your computer and free software.
  • Where to have your ideas 3D printed and mailed to you -- affordably.
  • What materials can be used for 3D printing: plastics, titanium, ceramic, stainless steel, and many more.
  • How people are selling their 3D prints and how inventors are building inexpensive prototypes.



This is a project-based class; meaning that, in the end, you will have built something! For the final project, you will order a 3D print of what you have designed. This is the way learning should be! Utilizing online 3D printing services, you can expect your first 3D print to cost $10-$40, depending upon size. There are no other expenses in this class.

I think you're going to enjoy this class. Enroll now and get started -- you'll be making fun things in no time!