Designing for 3D Printing is a course for teachers and students created by our friends at PrintLab.

In this short online course, users will learn about the best practices for designing specifically for 3D printing. The course is video based and goes over 10 essential tips to achieving good quality prints on FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) 3D printers. From overhanging features and bridges to wall thicknesses and tolerances, you’ll be sure to find some handy tips to help you get the best possible results from your 3D printer. At the end of the course is a quiz so be sure to pay close attention to the tips!

Course Contents

  1. Overhangs
  2. Bridging
  3. Wall Thickness
  4. Orientation
  5. Tolerance
  6. Engraving and Embossing
  7. Bed Adhesion
  8. Fillets for Strength
  9. Sharp and Narrow Points
  10. Respecting your 3D Printer

This course can be completed by students in a single lesson and is available to everyone, even for those who have not subscribed to PrintLab Classroom by accessing the PrintLab FREE 7-day trial at:

Example Course Video – Overhangs

In The Classroom

For teachers looking to use this course in the classroom, please feel free to play the videos on a large format screen in front of students. A downloadable quiz sheet is included that you can print out to assess students’ understanding of the course material.