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Deep Dive Into 3D Printing

October 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm | $40

3D printing is not only becoming more and more popular, but it is also becoming much more affordable. Did you know that you can buy a 3D printer for as little as $150? If you have an interest in turning your ideas into solid form but haven’t decided if 3D printing is right for you, this class will help you decide. It will take an in-depth look into all aspects of filament 3D printing from concept to final creation. You will learn to determine which printer is best for your needs, where to acquire model files, the different apps available (often free) you can use to create your own models, and how to start printing them. You will also learn things the instructor wishes he had known before he started 3D printing; tips and tricks that will help you avoid common pitfalls.

Topics Covered:

  • What is 3D Printing?
  • Ins and Outs of Buying a 3D Printer
  • 3D Printer Components
  • Understanding Filaments
  • Tools and Supplies
  • The 3D Printing Workflow
  • Creating, Slicing, and Printing 3D Models
  • Common Problems
  • Remote Monitoring your Prints

Introduction to 3D Printing is a 3-hour class, aimed at the beginner, that specifically describes filament-based printing. For those of you interested in resin 3D printing, this class could still be of use, covering the basics of 3D printing concepts, but will not go specifically into resin printing.

Materials Required:

This is a presentation (Powerpoint) -based class but you might want to bring a notebook or a laptop. Many notes will already be created for you in a handout.


16 years of age and over.

Instructor Bio:

David Yeater is a technical writer who took on 3D printing as a hobby a few years ago, but his experience with 3D started 40 years ago when he took classes in 3D modeling and animation at Suite 3D in San Francisco. He eventually progressed to teaching one of these classes. Eventually, his combined interests in design and woodworking prompted him to use 3D modeling apps to create detailed furniture plans which he would then build. More recently, wishing to turn ideas for inventions into 3D objects, he began experimenting with making molds and resin mixes to fill those molds. Unsatisfied with the limitations of molds, he bought a 3D printer and is now happily wasting many precious hours creating “things”.

Seats remaining: 6/6


October 14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Idea Fab Labs Santa Cruz


Idea Fab Labs Santa Cruz
2801 Mission St. #204
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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