Have you ever wanted to learn how to use a 3D printer?
Imagine.. one day you design a digital model of an action figure to be 3D printed. You share it online and next thing you know thousands of people are downloading it and printing it out themselves! Your digital creation became a physical reality for legions.
This is the power of 3D printing and just one of the examples of its amazing potential.
Wouldn't it be awesome to show off vibrant prints you made yourself to your friends? There are online communities where people share and rate 3D designs. But it's even possible to monetize your 3D designs as well on 3D printing design marketplaces.
This course The Fundamentals Of 3D Printing includes the basic terms and definitions of 3D printing along with the history of the technology. One will be able to learn how to use a 3D printer and learn its potential future applications. There are also case studies on successful businesses already using 3D printing for customization. We take you through the creation of your own 3D model and walk you through 3 of the most popular 3D printing services to print, sell and share your design.
You will learn:
Welcome to the course!
Materials Used In 3D printing
Timeline of 3D Printing
A video highlighting the important components of a 3D prints.
Major parts of a 3D printer:
3D Printer Manufacturers
3D Printing Stocks
Current Applications of 3D Printing
The Potential Global Impact Of 3D Printing
*NOTE* There are options within TinkerCAD to share your 3D files on Thingiverse, print on Shapeways and potentially even use someone else's printer through the 3D Hubs network.
Some alternative programs are Blender or Sketchup.
Make sure to check out the key trends.
They have a great mission of free 3D prints for everyone and their collection is constantly expanding. Check them out first before you start to create your own "things".
Students will learn how to monetize their 3D models. Essentially there are 7 fundamental ways to make money from 3D printing. Monetizing your 3D designs in a multitude of ways (revealed inside) is a great way to go in this emerging industry,
Since Amazon is the largest channel for selling products, imagine being able to sell your own 3D printed products (or rather files) through Amazon and have it all be automated because their 3D printers are creating everything for you. Basically you just pay for the cost of goods and transportation and keep the rest of the rest as royalty (Amazon might share the royalty as well).
I can foresee a future similar to this with Amazon and 3D printing as it integrates itself more in society. But how amazing would it be to tap into the world's largest marketplace, sell your designs and have them fulfilled almost automatically with 3D printing and logistical systems?
I discuss a multitude of ways anyone can begin to learn how to utilize 3D printing technology. Whether you are simply optimizing your business or changing the landscape of architecture, there are almost infinite possibilities for the use of 3D printing. I definitely encourage beginning 3D enthusiasts to first experiment with creative projects such as 3D modeling or simply sharing the 3D printer you already have. 3D printing is a phenomenal tool to start learning about the possibilities of next industrial revolution because of the front to end process that is available now worldwide.
Think it, design it, print it. It really has become that simple. The toughest challenge, as with most business, will be marketing your idea.
Jeffrey Ito is a graduate of University of Southern California with a Bachelors of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering and an SAP specialization. A young entrepreneur who loves 3D printing and reading books, Jeff is the Co-Founder of 3D Masterminds - the worlds largest and most dedicated 3D Printing Mastermind group. Jeff enjoys helping people gain an edge with 21st Century break-through technologies.