With top-of-the-line 3D printing technology, our 3D Printing department offers a crash course in understanding and using 3D printers and scanners. From lecture classes to hands-on work, our intro and intermediate classes teach the basics in 3D printing and scanning. Once you gain an understanding, use the 3D printing equipment to create anything from small toys to useful everyday devices – the only limit is your imagination.
Beginners are welcome in this intro-level class to designing in 3D software. Using TinkerCAD to complete guided exercises, explore the use of shapes, grouping, solids, and holes. Note that to take this class, you must have a computer mouse with a scroll wheel.
NOTE: This class is being delivered via remote video instruction, not onsite at NextFab. To participate you must have a working computer, speakers or headphones, and a webcam. Your instructor will email you a link to the class half an hour before its start time.
Rhinoceros (Rhino) is 3-D modeling design software, commonly used by a variety of industries. Learn the basics of navigating and using the software, the various projects and design areas that benefit from the use of Rhino, and basic CAD principles. Work to design a basic project of your choosing, available as a file for personal use upon completion of class. NOTE: Basic computer navigational skills are necessary to take and understand this class.
NOTE: This class is being delivered via remote video instruction, not onsite at NextFab. To participate you must have a working computer, speakers or headphones, and webcam. Your instructor will email you a link to the class half an hour before its start time.
Learn to use our open-source 3D printer, the Lulzbots, by picking and printing a design from NextFab’s curated archive of pre-approved project files. Experience simulations of commonly encoutered problems, and learn how to troubleshoot and adjust the machine for clean, precise prints. Completion of this class gains members unsupervised, free access to Lulzbots printers for personal use.
Learn how to use Stratasys Catalyst, the control software for the Dimension SST, to 3D print complex designs in durable ABS plastic. Capable of printing in two materials, prints on the Stratasys Dimension can have overhanging and embedded parts, created with dissolvable support structures. Orient, scale, copy and set print resolutions and densities in Catalyst, and practice safe operation of the Support Cleaning Apparatus (SCA) to remove the support material from the 3d print. NOTE: On completion of the course, participants will be able to submit prints to the Dimension using the Catalyst software. A demonstration of the safety procedures for the SCA will be scheduled, at the student’s convenience, to allow unsupervised access to the equipment.
Discover the NextEngine 3D Scanner, capable of scanning existing small 3d objects to create export files for 3D printing and other methods of reproduction. Learn how to run the machine, which objects are scannable, and the triangulation process used to produce a point cloud.