This course is designed primarily to introduce adult beginners to the art of 3D printing. We start with the very basics and work up to the production of 3D printed pieces.
Class discussions include:
– How 3D printing started and how it works
– Fused filament printing, new filaments & why & when you should use them, their costs and limitations
– Use of a Slicer program
– Software that turns your design into information the printer uses to make your model
– How to optimize the print
– Problems & issues that can occur during printing, how to troubleshoot & deal with them, and maintenance tips
– Sites with “ready made” free designs
– Basic information on doing your own designs that will be a good introduction to our Computer Aided Design (CAD) course
– Types of 3D printer technology available to the makers & small business entrepreneurs
Taught by Bruce “Doc” Davies – Build, RVA scientist-in-residence and member, Director of Byrd High School Makerspace & mentor of 3 robotics teams.
The mission of Build is to provide a place wherein members can gather to better understand and apply science, art, and creativity in their everyday builds.