3D Printing for Educators

Course: 3D Printing for Educators

Audience: Teachers
Method: In-person Instructor-led
Duration: 3 days

Learn how to bring 3D printing to your classroom and get a printer to take back to your school. Designed for teachers who are new to 3D printing, this three-day workshop covers what you need to know about the related software and hardware, plus we’ll explore the opportunities that 3D printing offers to students. Participants will learn about the basics of 3D software, create their own designs and go hands on with their 3D printer. The course includes lesson plans and tips and tricks for getting the most out of your 3D printing experience. At the end of the workshop, you’ll get your very own 3D printer and filament to take back to your classroom. 

Technical requirements for workshop:

Attendees must bring a laptop running at least Windows 7 or MacOS 10.11. You’ll need to have full administrator rights (or at least the ability to install software and join an enterprise wireless network).

Full spec requirements:

  • Windows 7 or higher, 64 bit
  • Mac OSX 10.11 or higher, 64 bit
  • OpenGL 4.1 compatible graphics card for 3D layer view
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon 64
  • 600MB available hard disk space
  • 8GB RAM memory
  • Google Chrome 10 (or newer) or Mozilla FireFox 4 (or newer)

Tinkercad-specific requirements:

Most computers and laptops purchased within the last six years should work well with Tinkercad, the 3D CAD design tool we’ll be using. There is one strict requirement that the graphics card supports WebGL. WebGL enables working in 3D in the browser. If you’re not sure whether your graphics card supports WebGL, visit this page to see if you see a spinning cube: get.webgl.org.