Introduction to 3D Printing: An Easy Start to Your First 3D Design

Lauren Slowik, Designer Evangelist – Education | Shapeways

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7 Videos (1h 4m)
    • Trailer

    • Intro to 3D Printing

    • Sketching Design on Paper

    • Importing Paper Image to Software

    • Importing Design to 3D Software

    • Customizing Your 3D Object

    • Preparing for 3D Printing


About This 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! 


220 of 231 students recommendSee All

Great intro for people new to 3D printing!
Kristin Osiecki

Designer + Educator + Maker

A good introduction for an absolute beginner in this field.
This is a great beginning class to understanding some of the processes in 3D printing. I'd highly recommend this class.





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 also a part-time Design+Technology faculty member at Parsons the New School for Design. Her personal work is focused on consumer 3D printing and the future of creativity in education with her furniture hacking kit 3DIY