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

Introduction to 3D Printing: An Easy Start to Your First 3D Design (Skillshare)
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Introduction to 3D Printing: An Easy Start to Your First 3D Design (Skillshare)
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.

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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!

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!



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