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Class Description

Students will learn to use and generate prints from resin and FFF style 3d printers in a variety of materials. They will learn to use various CAD and design programs on computers, iPads, and even VR to design and modify prints. Electronics/robotics, musical instruments, prop/costume making, drones, wearables, and various mechanical systems will be explored in these designs. Some camera work involving prints will be explored as well including: 3d print time-lapses, 3d printed camera mounts, and web cam print monitoring/control over the internet. Various 3d scan techniques will be explored. 

Learning Objectives: in this class, students will learn about

  • Students will:
  • Understand how to operate and troubleshoot FFF style printers
  • Understand how to operate and troubleshoot resin style printers
  • Learn to design 3D prints in various CAD software even in virtual reality
  • Try out a variety of 3d scan methods including using tablets, smartphones, and other scanning devices
  • Print musical instruments, robot parts, wearables, props, various experiments, and everyday useful objects
  • Learn cleanup and post processing of prints including painting and dying techniques


  • FFF printer
  • Resin Printer
  • iPad
  • Camera
  • Camera Trigger
  • Wyze cam
  • TPU filament
  • di or tri color PLA filament
  • Metallic filament
  • Nylon filament
  • Printer nozzles with heat enhancements
  • Wash station for resin prints
  • Solder Station
  • LEDs
  • Batteries coin cell, aa, and aaa
  • Wires
  • Drones
  • Violin strings
  • Guitar Strings
  • Uke strings
  • sound pickups
  • 1/4″ cable jacks
  • Computers


  • Tinkercad on iPads
  • Tinkercad accounts for students
  • After effects
  • Fusion 360
  • Blender
  • Shapr3D
  • Meshmixer
  • Gravity Sketch
  • ShapeLab (only over at FabLab for a tour)
  • Netfabb
  • Cura
  • Prusa Slicer
  • Slicer for Fusion 360
  • Skanect
  • Meshroom

Deliverables: Students and Class Projects

  • Students will create:
  • CAD files of various 3d printable items they design or modify
  • A 3d printed musical instrument
  • 3d scans of various objects
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