3D Printing: Overview


3D Printing & Computer Aided Design (CAD) will allow students to discover the potential and limitations of 3D Printing through a build intensive design project. Students will learn how to use CAD software such as AutoDesk, SolidWorks, etc. An excellent opportunity for anyone interested in prototyping, creating artworks, or product customizations.


TinkerCAD is a simple, online 3D design and 3D printing app for everyone. TinkerCAD is used by designers, hobbyists, teachers, and kids to make prototypes, artworks, and Minecraft models!

TinkerCAD Website

To 3D Print your own models you need to slice the STL file into an X3G file that you save to the SD card while it is plugged into your computer.

Makerbot Desktop is the easiest one to use and the one I recommend you start with.

Make sure you download “Makerbot Desktop” from that link, (NOT Makerbot Print)

After installing the software select “MakerBot Replicator” (NOT Replicator 2X) as your printer type.

After you have the X3G file on your SD card you plug it into the 3D printer and select “Print from SD card”.

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