Introduction to digital prototyping tech
This module presents state-of-the-art technology for 3D design and printing and gives some links to other sources, where one can find more information in this fields. AUTHOR OF THE MODULE: Stavroula Sokoli
- 1. About 3D design and printing
- 2. 3D design software – Introduction
- 3. 3D design software – Blender
- 4. 3D design software – SketchUp
- 5. 3D design software – TinkerCAD
- 6. 3D design software – FreeCAD
- 7. 3D design software – Slicing
- 8. 3D Printers – Introduction
- 9. 3D Printers – FDM 3D printing
- 10. 3D Printers – Different kinds of filament
- 11. 3D Printers – Geometry restrictions
- 12. 3D Printers – Finishing 3D printouts
- 13. Online courses
This module focuses on implementation of the 3D design and printing in present artisans work. The field of artisanship is very vast and it is not possible to analyse (as well as make a list) all the jobs that can be defined as "artisans". We have chosen for this module the most characteristic fields then. After recalling the most important information regarding 3D modelling and printing, we present in details, how 3D technology changes jewellery-making process. We give also some hints regarding implementation of this innovation in other handicraft works, like those using leather, wood, metal, glass and ceramics as raw materials. The artisan production is closely connected with other sectors, and we have to consider that the development of 3D modelling allows a greater integration of these fields with undeniable benefits in all sectors. For this reason, the field of architecture and interior design in which artisan production is a strategic factor has been also considered as an example. AUTHORS OF THE MODULE: Enrico Ferranti, Mario Paiano, Letizia Di Pillo
- 1. Metallo Nobile Manifesto
- 2. Recent developments in the craft field advanced by new digital technology
- 3. Digital 3D modelling as a part of artisan’s work
- 4. 3D printing process
- 5. 3D modelling and printing in a craft field – conclusions
- 6. Exemplary case: the goldsmith’s art – Introduction
- 7. Goldsmith’s art – Iter produce of a florentine style ring – traditional vs 3D supported
- 8. The modern goldsmith’s workshop
- 9. New artisan working methods – Leather
- 10. New artisan working methods – Molds
- 11. New artisan working methods – Shoemaking
- 12. New artisan working methods – Restoration
- 13. New artisan working methods – Glass
- 14. New artisan working methods – Ceramics
- 15. 3D Printing in architectural field – benefits
- 16. 3D Printing in architectural field – communication and analysis
- 17. 3D Printing in architectural field – opposed model making
- 18. 3D Printing in architectural field – simplification and sustainability
Youth creativity in the digital age
The aim of Module III is to present one of the possibilities, how the Module I and Module II can be implemented in small makerspace for and with young people interested in different implementations of 3D modeling and printing techniques. On the basis of workshops run in our 3D laboratory in Wadowice, we prepared practical lessons on how to introduce this interesting subject to your students or lab members. Following the lessons you will get information on how to start teaching 3D design and printing and what steps you can take in order to encourage people to create their own models. We are presenting here examples of specific activities on several different subjects and requiring specific skills going beyond 3D design. Finally we are giving here some tips on evaluating the process and showing potential advantages of learning 3D techniques for entrepreneurship possibilities. AUTHOR OF THE MODULE: Łukasz Putyra
- 1. How to start an adventure with 3D design and 3D printing – theoretical introduction
- 2. How to start an adventure with 3D design and 3D printing – practice
- 3. First steps in 3D printing – models from the database
- 4. First steps in 3D printing – redesigning existing models
- 5. First steps in 3D printing – 2D-3D transformations
- 6. Experimenting with 3D printing – tutorial based ukulele
- 7. 3D Printing in artistic design – Star Guardian Janna costume
- 8. 3D Printing in artistic design – New Year’s masks
- 9. 3D Printing in robotics – OTTO DIY
- 10. 3D Printing of electronics – drone parts
- 11. 3D Printing of electronics – drones
- 12. Entrepreneurial advancements of 3D printing technique
- 13. Feedback and evaluation methods
1. How to start an adventure with 3D design and 3D printing – theoretical introduction
Although 3D design became more and more popular over the last years, 3D printing techniques are still something relatively new. Therefore usually it is necessary to start 3D modelling and printing workshops with at least a short theoretical introduction to the process.
We enter a very wide field and it is not easy to estimate the exact time needed for this part. It depends on how wide and how deeply you want to enter the topic. This, in turn, depends on your or your group’s needs. Nevertheless, before you take the next, more practical steps, you need to get familiar with some theoretical information or, what is even more important, present them to your workshop group. Here we present it only once, but this lesson or its part can be used as an introduction to each of the following ones, where practical exercises are presented.
The optimal piece of information should contain:
- 1. General introduction to 3D Modeling and 3D Printing, where the main issues are:
- – the purposes and the main fields of using 3D technologies
- – differences between 2D and 3D design
- – the exact meaning of the phrase “print in 3D”
- – origins and future of the 3D technologies
however, you can always go broader and deeper, if it useful for you or your workshops.
- 2. Different types of 3D printers and the most popular models
Both are in a constant change – the 3D printing techniques and materials, as well as the most popular and effective models of 3D printers, are constantly changing and developing, so try to search for the latest news if you want to stay updated or if you include this part in your lesson.
- 3. More detailed description of the 3D printer type which you are going to use by yourself or during the workshops with your group.
When the background is prepared, it is time to focus on the available resources. Therefore you should devote more time to this particular 3D printing technique, which you will implement later. During the next lessons we present the FDM technique, as the most popular and the most accessible for individuals, schools, makerspaces and youth centres.
- 4. The most popular 3D modeling and 3D printing software useful for beginners
Some people may feel a little insecure starting designing models in 3D but there are programmes which make this experience quite easy. It is good to present them shortly and provide a detailed description of the one which you are going to use by yourself or with your group.
- 5. 3D printer setup and software needed
Read the instruction! This is a piece of advice applicable in case of advanced devices, not only a 3D printer. However, in this case it is strongly recommended. Learn as much as possible about your printer and attached or recommended software. It will make your later work much easier. If you already know all the important information, share it with your students.
You will find detailed information on all of the above-mentioned subjects in Module I of this course and in our blog on this website. Most of the lessons of Module I but especially the last one contain also links to the other sources, which you can use for further research.