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Beginner's guide to 3D Modeling for 3D Printing

If you’re interested in learning how to 3D model, Shapeways and Skillshare have teamed up to bring you an Introduction to 3D Printing course taught by our very own Lauren Slowik, Designer Evangelist for Education. Lauren teaches you how to model a 3D, hand-held, print-ready object from start to finish.

Taught through a series of seven tutorial videos, this 3D modeling class is designed especially for beginners. The course will uncover the core processes behind 3D printing and reveal one of the most powerful capabilities of the 3D printing revolution—that it’s accessible to anyone, and that companies like Shapeways make the process easier than ever through online 3D printing.

What You'll Learn

  • What is 3D Printing? Definition of 3D printing, why it has received so much attention as of late, and what the future of 3D printing could look like.
  • Designing from a sketch. A way to start 3D modeling by designing from a sketch with simple-to-use beginner software.
  • From model to product. Walking through what your next steps would be to get your design 3D printed—pricing, how it works, and where to get it done.

What You'll Make

  • You'll model your own 3D design for a hand-held object using free software options we'll cover in class.
  • Customize your object (think monograms, colors) and leave this class ready to print.

Course Requirements

  • Computer with an updated browser such as the latest version of Chrome (best for 3D and webGL)
  • Digital camera (phone camera is fine)
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or other image editing software (Gimp is a free beginner tool)
  • Pen, sketching paper, and a ruler


Don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself:

“Perfect introduction to the 3D print process. Simple, clear and very easy to follow.”
-Andrea Brignoli

“Already have recommended it! Great class & instructor. Already created my first item and ordered it! :) THANK YOU!!!!”
-Tara Wefers

“A fun 3D printing primer for newbs that takes you from concept to product simply. Thanks Skillshare for the inspiration!!”
-Michael Nickel

“Great class, great instructor and it's all free. After taking this class you will have a pretty good idea on how to go about creating your own 3d designs from conception to printed tangible product. thank you for making this free.”
-Ri Caragol

“Very much enjoyed learning what goes into making a 3D print from the layman's point of view. After watching the videos, I think I could try it myself with very little help. I also am happy to learn about the time, programs, and cost involved.”
-Fern Shinbaum

“Very useful and informative, many thanks.”
-Apostolos Karakassis

Take your first online 3D printing class with Skillshare today!



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