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3D Printing Basics

Sat Feb 05, 2022

3D Printing Basics

Time Sat Feb 05 2022 at 11:00 am to 02:00 pm

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Colab, 6055 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego, United States

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3D Printing Basics, 5 February | Event in San Diego | 3D Printing Basics
Come learn the basics on how you can get started with 3D printing, and even walk away with your first 3D print.

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*** IMPORTANT COVID SAFETY REGULATIONS *** This course will be held inside. You must be fully vaccinated with a Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and be fully masked to attend this course. If you were vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines more than 7 months ago, or with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than 2 months ago, proof of a booster shot will also be required.

Instructor: Nathaniel

3D printing is an increasingly popular form of additive manufacturing that has recently become more reliable and affordable for hobbyists.

There are several forms of 3d printing, the two most common forms for hobbyists being resin printers (Stereolithography or SLA) and filament printers (Fused Deposition Modelling or FDM).

In this course we'll be focusing on using filament printers. We will discuss briefly the process of designing an object in CAD (Computer Aided Design), producing a geometry file in an STL ('Standard Triangle Language') format, using 'slicer' software to convert that geometry into layered instructions that the 3D printer can use (G-code), and running that G-code on a 3D printer to deposit layers and form the designed object.

Course Schedule:

We will begin with a Powerpoint presentation about how to prepare your model for printing. This will either be outside, or inside a large room at our facility. The presentation will be followed by instructor supported, hands-on demo work on the Lulzbot Taz Workhorse 3D printer in the Electronics Lab. The E-Lab is small, so for Covid safety we will only bring students in this room in pairs, and everyone must be masked in the E-Lab regardless of vaccination status.

Skills instilled:

You will learn to:

1. Be familiar with basic terms and file types for 3D printing.

2. Locate and acquire a basic model for 3D printing.

3. Prepare a model for printing.

4. Prepare a 3D printer for printing.

5. Produce a 3D printed object.

Cost: Each student is asked to contribute $10.00 for this class.

Students should bring:

Nothing is required, but ideally the student will bring an .stl file of a simple model they wish to print. They can also come with a link to model online, such as from . Because of the time constraints of the class and speed of printing, most models will need to be scaled down to print during class, as a demo.

Prerequisites: Students should prepare for the class by watching this 30 minute video:

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to 3D Printing

Coming into class with this level of exposure will help us to go a little more in depth in the short class time available.

(There are many Intro to 3D Printing videos available on YouTube - you are welcome to watch others as well.)

About Nathaniel

Nathaniel is a Burner, Embedded Software Engineer, and Maker. His Creality CR-10 V2 has printed dozens of spools into brackets, mounts, holders, frames, art, fidgets, and toys for niecephews. He enjoys building LED art and cruising around on his Onewheel.

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