3D Printing Basics Workshop

A workshop template that introduces students to the fundamentals of the 3D printing process and industry - available to subscribers of The PrintLab Classroom

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Lesson Overview

This lesson plan combines all the key fundamentals of 3D printing into a single 60 minute workshop. The aim is to provide students with a complete overview of 3D printing technologies and the opportunities and limitations that come with them. The format of the workshop is based on 10 workstations, each consisting of an information poster, 3D printed demonstration models and challenges that encourage creative thinking.

Students will work in teams of 2-3 and spend 6 minutes at each station. By the end of the lesson, students will have created 10 brainstorming sheets, showing their understanding and opinions on various aspects of the 3D printing industry.

Workshop stations include:

    1. 3D Printing Technologies

    2. Fused Filament Fabrication

    3. 3D Printing Process

    4. The Supply Chain

    5. Rapid Prototyping

    6. Complex Geometry

    7. Customised Solutions

    8. Ease of Access

    9. 3D Printing Accuracy

    10. 3D Scanning Technology

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