3D printing is a cutting-edge technology that's changing the manufacturing landscape. It's well suited for rapid prototyping, quick turnaround end-use parts, or even tooling for traditional manufacturing techniques. Begin with the basics, and learn how to design objects and prepare them for 3D printing.
Discover skills and methods for designing 3D printable objects.
Compare 3D printing to other manufacturing methods.
Analyze your designs and modify them for 3D printing.
Learn the basics of what 3D printing is and how you can use it to create amazing objects, from prototypes to working tools.
1h 16m • COURSE
Mike Hathorn: 3D Printing in the Classroom with Michael Hathorn
Find out how teacher Mike Hathorn is helping students transform from tech consumers to tech creators with a curriculum based on 3D modeling and printing.
10m 18s • COURSE
Rapid Prototyping for Product Design with Gabriel Corbett
Bring your product designs into the real world with rapid prototyping. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the machinery, and insights into techniques such as 3D printing, machining, resin casting, injection molding, and more.
1h 38m • COURSE
Fusion 360: Designing for Plastics with Thom Tremblay
Learn about designing for additive manufacturing in plastic using Fusion 360. Discover how to create a form, complete and visualize your design, and set it up for 3D printing.
56m 2s • COURSE
Learning Tinkercad with Kacie Hultgren
Learn 3D modeling in Tinkercad, the free online app for anyone who wants to get started in 3D design and CAD.
1h 33m • COURSE
Design for Additive Manufacturing: FDM with Kacie Hultgren
Use design for manufacturing concepts to optimize your parts for 3D printing with fused
deposition modeling (FDM) technology.
1h 47m • COURSE
Additive Manufacturing: Optimizing 3D Prints with Rich Cameron
Understand how to manage 3D printer settings so that you can get the best possible quality 3D print.
1h 24m • COURSE
Meshmixer: 3D Print Prep Basics with Nick Kloski
Learn how to prepare 3D models for additive manufacturing on a 3D printer in Meshmixer.
1h 22m • COURSE
You'll learn 3D printing skills with these experts
Kacie Hultgren is a multidisciplinary designer, focused on set design for live performance.
Her experiments using early DIY desktop 3D printers for scale model building led to an online following in the 3D printing community, where she posts under the handle "PrettySmallThings." She is passionate about teaching others to use digital tools and hardware to augment traditional craft and bring their ideas to life in three dimensions. Kacie lives in New York City. You can find her on Twitter: @KacieHultgren.
Michael Hathorn is a history and technology teacher at Hartford High School, in White River Junction, Vermont.
He has a bachelor of science in social science from Plymouth State University and a masters of arts in teaching with technology from Marlboro College. He has been teaching in the Hartford School District for 18 years—the first 9 at Memorial Middle School and the last 9 at the high school. Recently, he started a new technology program at the high school, teaching three unique courses: digital research and design; technology innovation and design; and his favorite: 3D modeling to print. In addition to teaching history and digital classes, he has coached basketball and golf for various levels. He enjoys spending his free time golfing with his family.
Gabriel Corbett is an experienced product designer, instructor, and speaker.
Gabriel has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, and has been an active product designer for the past 18 years. He previously owned a prototype-through-production machine shop that built parts for notable organizations like the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Panasonic. By combining solid design experience with real-world skill in building products, Gabriel has the unique ability to design products quickly and effectively. He regularly consults companies on better and more efficient manufacturing and design methods.
Gabriel has worked with many startups and established companies, developing products for the consumer, industrial, and medical markets. He has worked on all aspects of product development, including product design, engineering, marketing, sales, and management.
Gabriel has been a Lynda.com author since 2011, and has developed courses on SOLIDWORKS, Onshape, rapid prototyping, and certification. He runs the Orange County SOLIDWORKS User Group, and has taught SOLIDWORKS and CNC machining at Irvine Valley College. Additionally, he runs his own design engineering company called Tiger Industrial Inc. He has presented at SOLIDWORKS World in Dallas, San Diego, Florida, and Los Angeles.
Gabriel's interests include new ventures, photography, adventure travel, surfing, mountain biking, and stand-up paddleboarding.
Thom Tremblay has been working with computer-aided design software and its users for nearly 30 years.
In 1988, Thom Tremblay became convinced that the CAD tool he had been working with for two years was using 3D models to create the 2D working drawings he needed. Working as a drafter and mechanical designer on projects in shipbuilding, commercial electronics, and centrifugal compressors eventually led Thom to teaching others how to use the tools with which he was skilled. With over fifteen years of experience consulting with businesses of all types and sizes, Thom has developed an understanding of how people use and learn technologies. This experience, along with professional certifications in Autodesk AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor, and being an Autodesk Certified Instructor and Autodesk Certification Evaluator, have translated into books that help customers leverage the power of design technology in ways that are easily understood.
Rich "Whosawhatsis" Cameron is a cofounder of Nonscriptum LLC.
His Pasadena-based consulting and training firm was founded in early 2015 and focuses on teaching educators and scientists how to use maker tech. Rich is an open-source 3D printer hacker who designed the RepRap Wallace and Bukito printers. He collaborates with his cofounder, Joan Horvath, on books for Apress, available on Apress.com, Amazon.com, and via other retailers.
Nick Kloski is a cofounder of HoneyPoint3D, a leading educational and rapid prototyping company.
HoneyPoint3D was founded in 2013, and owned and operated Northern California's first retail 3D-printing store. The retail store was closed in 2016 to focus on national clients and expand into online training.
HoneyPoint3D has been awarded top educational honors such as Fusion360 Award and Inventing the Future Award from Autodesk. Nick has taught over 7,000 students both in person and online the art of 3D printing and 3D modeling. Considered an industry expert, he has been interviewed by over 25 media outlets.
Nick manages and creates the educational division at HoneyPoint3D, where he is proud to offer online elearning courses on 3D printing and 3D design, crafted to bring as many people as possible into the creative world of 3D fabrication. Nick also co-created HoneyPoint3D's Kickstarter campaign (Meshmixer CAD training) in 2015, which was in the top 7% of revenue for all Kickstarter campaigns in 2015.
Nick latest accomplishment is coauthoring Make Magazine's newest book on 3D printing called Getting Started with 3D Printing, which is now on Amazon.com and in bookstores, including all Barnes & Noble stores.
Prior to cofounding HoneyPoint3D, Nick worked at Oracle and Sun Microsystems for over 16 years in technical marketing roles. Seen as a gifted trainer, Nick conducted internal technical training to Oracle teams throughout the world. The publications he authored at Oracle and Sun Microsystems are still in use today.
Nick is a dynamic person who approaches life with an entrepreneurial eye. His experiences as an English major/religious studies minor, as a 16-year technology veteran, and as a learner of new technologies gives him a humanitarian eye, as well as a keen sense of how the potential of technologies can translate into human systems-centric applications.