Beginner CAD Design for 3D Printing

Want to see what all the fuss about 3D printing is? Interested in learning how to bring your own designs into the physical realm? In this class you will learn how to use the FreeCAD platform to create 3D printed objects. As well as the basics(emphasis on basics) of 3D computer aided drafting. Note: This is a hands-on class. You will be designing part(s) for possible 3D printing.

How will the class be structured? 
Introduction and outline of classThe current state of 3D printingWhy use FreeCAD?/Pros and ConsGeneral design basics (tolerancing, design for manufacturability[DFM], etc...)3D CAD design basics and theorySetting up the work environmentFreeCAD specific basicsUsing extrusion featuresUsing revolve featuresExplanation of where to go nextQuestions

How should students prepare?
Download and install FreeCAD v0.13 (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Bookmark the FreeCAD wiki.

What will you get out of this lesson?
After finishing this class you will be able to create a basic enclosure design for 3D printing, and have a knowledge base to create future designs for 3D printing.

Beginner level. No prior experience necessary.

Teacher Bio
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 last 10 years(AutoCAD, SolidWorks, ProENGINEER). I was a SolidWorks CAD Administrator during my tenure at Rockwell Collins, Inc. I have created numerous designs and drawings for assembly and manufacture. Check out my portfolio at!

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  • The R.

    Where and how should I get FreeCAD v0.13? Do I really need a separate compiler for the code?

    October 15, 2013

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    A former member

    Looking forward to learning about the 3D process!

    October 11, 2013

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