Basic 3D Printing 1 (FDM)
Interested in 3D printing? This one hour workshop is a great, hands-on introduction to the most common form of 3D printing using a popular consumer machine, the Prusa i3 MK3, and its free, open source software Slic3r Prusa Edition. No prior knowledge or experience needed.
These workshops limited to small groups to ensure every participant has time to work with a machine and ask questions. Instruction will be based around the physical 3D printing process, from basic safety and machine control to removing models and clean up. In addition we will also discuss common troubleshooting strategies when things don't go smoothly.
Alongside this physcial process we will introduce you to the software Slic3r which transforms a STL file (generated by a 3D modeling software) into a file the printer can use to create a physical object. We will guide you through the basics of the software and explore the principal constraints of 3D printers, which significantly influence how we orient the object for printing, how long a print will take, how strong the final model will be, and how the object will look. We will also introduce you to the impressive online libraries of digital objects that are free to download, use, and modify.
Like many of our introductory workshops, this workshop serves as a primer to the technology - giving you guided time to play with a machine and it's software while walking through the basics and learning key constraints. Afterwards you are encouraged to come back and practice to solidify your knowledge and complete your first print. We strive to build your skill and knowledge quickly while providing a collaborative space and plenty of equipment to practice with on your own time.
This workshop will NOT cover use of software for file generation of any kind. To learn skills and file development techniques in programs such as Rhino and Fusion360, you must sign up for one of the workshops that covers these programs.
If it is your first time at Inworks please arrive 15 minutes early to go over basic lab practices and safety.
1. Is there a minimum age requirement?Minors must be pre-approved and have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Anyone under 16 must have a parent or guardian present.
2. Are there any clothing/ safety requirements?Closed-toe shoes must be worn and long hair must be pulled back