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How to Start 3D Printing at Home - Even Without a 3D Printer

Learn how to use 3D printing (additive manufacturing) to invent, design and 3D print stuff, even without a 3D printer
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1,141 students enrolled
Created by Jason King
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

A few years ago I took the plunge and bought myself a 3D printer. Since then I've been teaching other people how to 3D print at home. If you're interested in 3D printing but haven't bought your own printer yet, this course is definitely for you.

In this course I'll teach you what 3D printers are, how they work, how to purchase one and how to use it to create amazing 3D prints of your own. Many people are a little too scared to buy their first printer because they don't know really know what's involved in running one. I felt like this myself once.

I now know exactly what's involve and that's what I'll teach you in this course. I'll also demonstrate how to design a simple chess piece using two free design tools, Tinkercad and OpenSCAD. This'll give you a feel for what's involved in inventing and designing your own products.

Even if you don't want to buy your own 3D printer yet, after going though this course you'll be able to start designing your own products immediately. I'll even show you how to outsource your printing to someone else so you can become involved in this amazing technology without ever having to purchase a 3D printer!

This course consists mainly of videos, slides and on screen demonstrations by myself. It should only take you a couple of hours to complete, but it'll be a couple of hours very well spent.

Thanks for taking an interest in this course and I look forward to you being my student.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for complete 3D printing beginners who are curious about what's involved in buying and using a 3D printer for home use
  • This course is not for people who already know a lot about 3D printing
What Will I Learn?
Choose a 3D printer which suits you
Start 3D printing your own amazing stuff at home
Design and print high quality products
Make some money from the 3D printing revolution
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  • You will need access to the internet
  • You will need to be willing to learn some new skills
  • You will need to be willing to unlearn everything you thought you knew about manufacturing
Curriculum For This Course
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Getting Started
3 Lectures 13:57

In this lecture I'll introduce myself and explain a little about how I became involved in 3D printing. I'll then explain who this course is intended for and what cool stuff you'll learn when you take this course.

Preview 01:41

In this lecture you'll learn what a 3D printer is, a little about the history of 3D printing, how they work and what they can be used for.

Introduction to 3D Printing

In this lecture I'll guide you though purchasing a 3D printer, including explaining which are the best value for beginners. I'll also detail some of the other tools you'll need and discuss the idea of building your own 3D printer.

Purchasing a 3D Printer

Getting Started
4 questions
Obtaining Designs
3 Lectures 21:46

In this lecture you'll discover how to download 3D printable designs, scan in existing objects (large or small) and best of all how to design your very own 3D printable products.

Where to Obtain Designs

In this lecture I'll demonstrate (using a narrated screen cast) how you can design a simple 3D printable chess piece from scratch using the free and easy to use Tinkercad tool.

Preview 07:56

In this lecture I'll demonstrate (using a narrated screen cast) how you can design the same chess piece as in the previous lecture, but by using a completely different method. For this I'll use the free and powerful precision engineering tool, OpenSCAD.

Designing Using OpenSCAD

Obtaining Designs
4 questions
3D Printing Objects
2 Lectures 11:46

In this lecture you'll how to produce high quality 3D prints using some cool methods. I'll teach you about different materials and how your build surface and temperatures affect your print quality. You'll also learn my best techniques for producing an amazing finish to your 3D printed products.

Producing Quality 3D Prints

In this lecture I'll show you what sort of objects you may not be able to 3D print at home. I'll then show you how you can use prototyping and outsourcing to produce a range of amazing objects, which include ceramics, solid silver and gold plated jewellery.

Preview 03:46

3D Printing Objects
4 questions
Beyond the Basics
2 Lectures 05:47

In this lecture you'll learn a number of different ways to make your 3D printer pay for itself. By capitalising on this amazing technology you can turn your new hobby into a money spinner.

Make Money From 3D Printing

In this lecture I'll show you where to find more information about 3D printing. Good quality information about this technology can sometimes be tricky to find, but not if you know where to look.

Where to Find More Information

Beyond the Basics
3 questions
Thanks for Taking This Course
2 Lectures 01:00

In this lecture I'll take the opportunity to thank you for being my student and to give you a few pointers about what to do next.

Thank You!

In this bonus lecture I'll share with you some of my own resources. I've created these myself and used them to help teach and guide thousands of other 3D printing beginners like yourself.

BONUS: More FREE Resources
About the Instructor
4.2 Average rating
19 Reviews
1,141 Students
1 Course
Freelance Software Engineer and Owner of 3D Print HQ

In 1998 I attained a First Class degree in Software Engineering at De Montfort University. Since then I have been developing high integrity software for a number of well known international companies. I am the owner of Tycoon Software Ltd for my freelance software work. In 2012 I also created 3D Print Headquarters as a vehicle for me to teach all aspects of 3D printing, primarily to beginners. I now like to combine my software skills with my interest in 3D printing by teaching OpenSCAD, which is a free parametric programming language used to create precision 3D models.

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