The local hackerspace Unallocated Space forums asked if anyone was willing to give a presentation on 3D printing and I accepted. Like all the events there it will be free to the public (donations accepted). If you like what I am doing here come by and listen to what I have to say. Here are the details of the event.
Event: Introduction to 3D printing and 3D design
When:Fri, June 21, 7pm – 10pm
Where:Unallocated Space (map)
Description: This will be an introduction to 3D printing and 3D design. I will give a brief overview of 3D printers, printer technology and printing services. Most of the presentation will be on the uses of the free software Autodesk 123D design. I will demonstrate how to get started with generating a 3D model that can be created with a 3D printer. This presentation will focus mostly on technical drawing (since I am not an artist). Time permitting we will walk through the design of an actual object. I will bring along my Makerbot 2 for visual reference and hopefully some instant 3D gratification.
- What is 3D printing
- 3D printers
- Getting started 3D printing
- Introduction to Autodesk 123D design
- Simple object design walk-through
- Demonstration of design of an object
About me: I have had a MakerBot 2 for about 6 months now and have been documenting my experiences here http://3dprintmd.com/print . I have experimented with quite a few free 3d design programs and found Autodesk 123d design to have all the features needed and it is the easiest to use. I have had some success in providing 3D printing as a service through makexyz.com and directly selling designed and printer objects. I would consider myself a 3D printer enthusiast (not quite an expert yet). My professional experience is as an IT consultant specializing as a windows, high availability, data protection and virtualization SME. I have been an electronics hobbyist for the last 10-15 years.
Suggested items (not required):
- PC (123D only supports Mac or Windows)
- Autodesk 123d design (free). Download here http://www.123dapp.com/design