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Sac Midtown: Intro to 3D Printing & Rapid Prototyping

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Sign up for this class to get hands-on training in 3D Printing and rapid prototyping.  We start with a very brief history of 3D printing, including the different types of printers, and then discuss available CAD systems, interface software, and materials. For hands-on training, this class focuses on the Ultimaker 2+ and the Cura slicer.

Because 3D printing offers lots of options, we will also look at filaments used for the printers, their care and what types are available.

This class is required to use the Ultimaker2 3D printer, either in Sacramento or Rocklin.

Class Structure

We will review:

– Our reservation, logging and pricing systems.
– High points of the 31 year history of 3D printing. Online services for 3D printing.
– Available CAD training.
– Operation of the Ultimaker 2+.
– Minor setup and maintenance.

How to use the Ultimaker 2:

Specifically for the Ultimaker 2+:
– Leveling the bed.
– The SD card and menu.
– Launching a print, watching for errors.
– Removing your print
– Unclogging the extruder.

About the Instructor

My name is Alan M. Ware. I graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2007. I have worked with various CAD systems over the last 10 years(AutoCAD, SolidWorks, ProENGINEER). Currently I do freelance technical work, including but not limited to computer-aided-drafting(CAD), 3D modeling and mechanical design, 3D printing services, prototype design, and manufacturing consulting. I have created numerous designs and drawings for assembly and manufacture. Check out my work at www.amwdesign.net!