Join Kacie Hultgren for an in-depth discussion in this video What is 3D printing?, part of Up and Running with 3D Printing.
What is 3D printing? Which is also known as additive manufacturing. It's a way of making things. It's a form of digital fabrication, which is using a computer controlled tool to make a physical object. Consider an inkjet printer. It's a computer controlled tool, working in two dimensions. It has an ink cartridge moving back and forth depositing ink, and a second mechanism that feeds the paper. With these two movements combined, we get a two-dimensional image. A 3D printer just adds one more dimension, and instead of ink, it prints in a physical substance, like plastic.
It builds one layer up at a time, creating a 3D object. It's a little more complicated than that, but that's the general idea. Throughout the rest of this course, we'll talk about this process in greater detail.
- What is 3D printing?
- What can you make with a 3D printer?
- Understanding the different 3D printing technologies
- Designing with 3D modeling and scanning
- Creating watertight 3D designs
- Repairing a 3D file
- Exporting your file
Skill Level Appropriate for all
3D Printing on Shapeways Using Mayawith Ryan Kittleson1h 46m Intermediate
SketchUp 2013 Essential Trainingwith George Maestri2h 16m Beginner
1. Discovering 3D Printing
2. Introducing 3D Printing Technology
3. Creating Your First Design
4. Repairing a 3D Design
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