Introduction to 3D Printing

Introduction to 3D Printing

About the Program

This course prepares nontechnical individuals in the basics of rapid prototyping by utilizing common computer aided design (CAD) techniques as well as prototype manufacturing techniques. The curriculum will provide participants with the tools and understanding necessary to materialize ideas into physical products via additive manufacturing which is commonly referred to as "3D printing".

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to take an idea, analyze the potential to use CAD and 3D printing to produce a desired component, and ultimately fabricate functional prototypes.

Classes will be held at the Langan LaunchBox Maker Space in Reading, PA. Learn more about the Langan LaunchBox.

Dates: Saturdays, March 17, 24, April 7 and 14, 2018
Times: 8:00am - 12:30pm
Fee: $395

Click here to register for Introduction to 3D Printing.

Course Outline:

Overview of the difference between subtractive and additive manufacturing
Current methods of additive manufacturing and state of the industry
Introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD) Methodology for Additive
Introduction to Fusion Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D Printers and subsequent

Safety overview and ethical concerns regarding additive manufacturing
Review of CAD
Practice component design for additive manufacturing
Review of 3D Printer operations
Fabrication of practice component by individual participants
Participants leave with their component

Review of safety and ethical concerns
Question and Answer
Open Lab time for both design and fabrication

Questions? Please contact Erica Kunkel at or 610-396-6221