3D Printing Guide

This guide covers all the basic concepts of 3D printing.

From terminology, to file creation and design considerations, this guide will explain everything you need to know to get started 3D printing.

Topics covered:

1. Introduction

  • What is 3D printing?
  • Basic Terminology
  • Benefits of 3D printing
  • 3D Printing in the Classroom
  • 3D Printing by Subject

2. File Sourcing and Creation

  • File Sourcing Platforms
  • CAD Software
  • Design Considerations

3. Preparing Files for Printing

  • Object Orientation
  • Adding Supports
  • Brims, Rafts, & Skirts
  • Print Resolution
  • Types of Infill
  • Print Speed and Temperature

4. 3D Printing Tips

  • Calculating Filament Costs

5. 3D Printing Curriculum

  • Lesson Plan Preview: Dinosaur Dig
  • Lesson Plan Preview: It's an Emergency
  • Lesson Plan Preview: Handling Heat
  • Lesson Plan Preview: Helping Hands
  • Lesson Plan Preview: Under Siege!

6. Troubleshooting and Maintenance

  • Regular Maintenance
  • Removing a Stuck Print
  • Cleaning the Nozzle
  • Fixing a Clogged Nozzle
  • Common Print Failures

Your Instructor


InkSmith wants to help educators around the world create hands-on, experiential learning opportunities to engage their students in STEAM skills and design thinking principles. The 21st century is here, let's prepare our youth to become the innovators and makers of tomorrow!

InkSmith veut aider les éducateurs à travers le monde à créer des opportunités d'apprentissage pratiques et expérimentales pour amener leurs élèves à découvrir les compétences STIAM et les principes du design thinking. Le 21e siècle est là, préparons nos jeunes à devenir les innovateurs et les créateurs de changement de demain !

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