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Make your first 3D Print: from blank screen to 3D object

  • May 21, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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From "total newbie" to "I designed and printed this myself!"

Let's break the myth and show you how you can create you very first 3D Printed object, from scratch. And yes, you'll leave the room with it, free of charge: everything is included in the training fee.

Who is this course for?

  • This class is '3D-printing 101' - everything a complete beginner needs to know about 3D-printing.
  • This is an introductory course aimed at anybody who is new to 3D-printing and wants an overview of this new field.
  • Whether you're young or old, novice or experienced with technology, this course is the best way to get up to speed with 3D-printing.

What does it cover?

  • You will practice:
    • Design your very first simple 3D object (from a blank screen)
    • Initialise and set up the 3D Printer with basic settings
    • Get your very first own object 3D Printed!
  • You will learn:
    • What is a 3D-printer? How does a 3D-printer work?
    • What are the different types of printers and materials you can use?
    • What can I print with a 3D-printer? Is it expensive to use a 3D Printer?
    • and other FAQs

Prerequisites

  • Make sure you bring your own laptop computer
  • loaded with Sketchup (free software, download here before you join the session)
  • Other required software will be installed during the course.

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  • Mindy l.

    Thank you, Adeline for getting back to us. I look forward to the reschedule of the course.

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, we are sorry about that. We will reschedule a course in the summer and will keep you updated. Please do not hesitate to communicate with me at [masked] for any question or request. Our apologize again and we promise that next time you will get a very professional and organized training. We have already spending time thinking and improving the training :)

    June 3, 2013

  • Mindy l.

    I really don't want to sound like I am complaining all the time. But I am starting to get angry now. So far, We have not heard any response from the organiser about our comments & feedback.

    More upsetting thing is that all other courses after us are having only 1/3 amount of people in the class and they are still paying the same price. They are getting much more information and guidance from the course.
    As I commented before, I really do not want any refund, all I will like is to have another session to cover all the topics that we were being promised to. I believe that many of us attending the session will agree with me.

    I think the store is a great place and there are lots potential in the future and I personally will like to use both the facility and service in the future or even purchase a 3D printer from them. But at moment I am gradually losing faith now.

    June 3, 2013

  • Paul G.

    I also agree with most of Mindy's comments, but it looks like the organisers are yet to respond!

    May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I did learn something about 3D printing at the workshop, and I did get something printed. A lot was learnt from hanging around and talking to the technicians and other staff while waiting for my object to print. However I'm not sure it was good value for money.

    I do realise that it was the first time the event was run, and certain things were unexpected. Maybe for the future, when developing a new course you should consider 'beta' testing it for a lower price with the disclaimer that you are using it to iron out any problems with delivery. Then once you have you can charge more.

    Mark

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I designed a 3d object and it was printed for me, so that was a very positive experience. Unfortunately the course was disappointing in terms of what I actually learned in the process.

    I had not used Sketchup before and I thought this part of the course was good given the time limits. I learned the tools needed to successfully model my object.

    I wanted to learn about 3d print technology, but the course did not adequately cover types of 3d printing, the different materials, the limitations and possibilities of 3d printing or the costs. I found out a bit by talking with staff afterwards, actually what I was told about the engineering limitations would have been very interesting to the whole group and should have been included. I would also have liked basic print setup to have been covered.

    Speaking with the Tutor and the technicians was interesting and they do have the knowledge but delivery was very disorganised, it was the first night though so hopefully it will be improved.

    May 27, 2013

  • Mindy l.

    I have just looked at the course description again and we were promising to cover these topics:
    1. Design your very first simple 3D object - covered

    2. Initialise and set up the 3D Printer with basic settings: not covered 3. Get your very first own object 3D Printed - some people did & some didn't
    4. What is a 3D-printer? How does a 3D-printer work? not covered

    5. What are the different types of printers and materials you can use? nor covered

    6. What can I print with a 3D-printer? Is it expensive to use a 3D Printer? not covered From 6 topics promised, we only got 1 and some got 2 covered and for £49 cost for the course, I did feel like being cheated and I believed that some people in the group feel the same. I do not want to get a get refund but to schedule another course to cover all other topics will be a fair deal! What do you all say?

    May 26, 2013

  • sylvie g.

    I was very disappointed as the course was not well organized. I paid for a class of 2h in which I would know the basics of 3D design and after which I would go home with my first 3D printed item. None of that happened. I am an absolute beginner in CAD and a lot of people seemed familiar with Sketchup which did not help. After 2 hours no one had printed anything and I had to go home emptyhanded because of my family. Very disappointed actually.

    May 22, 2013

  • Yichan C.

    I don't really want to rate the meet up. This was first time that iMakr started to teach how to use sketch up. Maybe open workshops for different level of designing skills will be very helpful. After all it was good experience.

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • Paul G.

    I was a bit disappointed that the event had not been very well organised. Even though this was your first attempt I think you could have done much better.

    Luckily I had used Sketchup previously so did not need to focus on this so much. I was however very interested in the actual 3D printing process. This though I was only able to glean a little of as the people helping us to print seemed to have problems printing and kept getting up to do other things like install the STL plugin.

    Had you had wireless internet we could connect to, we could have all installed this very easily and be shown how to. I had to look up on my phone for the Mac plugin which I determined was the same file for the PC. Following this I was able to instruct several people how to install it, including yourselves.

    We could have also emailed the STL files to one person so we did not have to connect up our computers or copy files to someones memory stick or wait around while not knowing what we were doing.

    May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was fascinating to see the printing process. Most of the information I gained was by asking one of the technicians. I have to agree with Mindy in terms of organisation, there was no way that 20 prints were going to be printed in 2 hours. I had to leave at 830 for another appointment and didn't get to see my print done. I didn't expect to have an hour lesson in Sketchup (I can do that in my own time), I thought we were to learn about the printing, what was possible and some beginner info on what was possible, materials, printer tech, examples, etc.

    In the end I felt a bit ripped off for paying quite a lot and not actually getting that much from the evening.

    Still, fascinating stuff and great to see printing in action.

    May 22, 2013

  • Mindy l.

    I was a bit disappointment about it. It was not well-organzied and we had spent much time waiting around and no knowing what is happening.
    I have never done 3D printing before and did not get much out of yesterday's event. After showing us a few useful tools on Sketchup, we were being left in our own device. No one has told us we needed to convert sketch up file to STL and we needed the organiser's USB to do so. So my friend and I spent next 20 minutes tried to track down whoever had the USB. After that, we have to waited for another 10 minutes to be shown how to do it. We waited again for the file to be printing. This process took more than an hour! In the end, some of our work need to be printed in such rush and no one showed us how it was done! My work was printed but I still have no clue how it was done! We were there till 10:30. However, the organiser were helpful and patient but if the event was organised in more efficient way, they perhaps didn't need to stay that late!

    May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Id like to join but PP is kicking me off the transaction, I think because I'm out of the country... Any chance of deferring my payment, but saving a spot?

    May 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Dan, I just sent you an email ;)

      May 16, 2013

  • Paul G.

    What it the maximum size of the object we can print on the day?

    May 13, 2013

    • Paul G.

      What printer will we be using?

      May 14, 2013

    • Sylvain P.

      Probably a couple of Up! Plus

      May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will this be happening again on another date?

    May 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes John, the same subject every 3rd Tuesday. About the minimum attendance, it makes sense to have a minimum of people to go ahead yes!

      May 10, 2013

    • Sylvain P.

      I reco the success of this one, then we'll make it every other week instead of monthly. Enjoy!

      May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Already busy

    May 12, 2013

  • Tom

    Hello got a problem can't now make the 21st May. Can I reschedule ?

    May 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Tom, sure when do you to attend the Training instead of that one?

      May 10, 2013

    • Tom

      Hi let's go for next month thanks.

      May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I RSVP'd without seeing the other Training event. Can I cancel this RSVP and get a refund please? Sorry for the inconvenience.

    May 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Wai, no worries!

      May 9, 2013

  • Francisco

    Can I bring my 8 year old son with me?

    May 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Francisco, yes your son is welcome. I hope he will enjoy the training as well!

      May 9, 2013

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