Unit 1: What is a 3D Printer?
-Understanding additive manufacturing and how it is different from traditional subtractive manufacturing
-How 3D printers work – different types
-The 3D printing workflow: modeling, slicing, printing
-The state of the art in consumer printers
Unit 2: Getting a 3D Model
-Free and/or open source modeling software (Tinkercad, OpenSCAD)
-Scanning in a model
-The model databases (Thingiverse, YouMagine)
Unit 3: Slicing Your Model
-Design rules for consumer 3D printers
-What is slicing?
-Infill, overhangs, rafts, skirts
-Finding and using free and open source slicing software (MatterControl, Cura)
-Materials choices for consumer 3D printing
Unit 4: Using Your Printer
-Classroom application examples: learning by making
-Applications for teaching the visually impaired
-Using a 3D printer for home tinkering
-Bigger picture and the future: medicine, construction, more.
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