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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


Project Description

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


Your assignment is to model your own 3D design for a hand-held object. There are a lot of options and different ways to make things, and this project is all about exploring the simple, easy-to-use tools that can help you get going, starting with simple ideas and 2D sketches. Follow the lessons to photograph your sketch; refine your design in Photoshop and Illustrator; and add final touches with Tinkercad, then share your process and photos with the class. Keep it simple, remember that failure is an option, and have fun!


Your assignment is to model your own 3D design for a hand-held object. A complete project will include:

  • sketch of initial concept
  • screenshot of final product in Tinkercad (or other 3D program of choice)
  • brief description of object


  • Explore the attachments below for a project guide as well as completed and scaled .SVG files.