Hey... if you're going to print it you'll need a model to print from. Sure, you can start with files from others and you should. However, at some point, you'll want to make your own stuff and you'll need to make your own 3d files.
Sketchup is a computer design tool used by people across the world to make 3D files and real-life projects. It's loved for its ease-of-use, vision of “3D for Everyone” and hey, it has a free version.
We'll learn the basics and best practices of accurate 3D computer design in Sketchup, so you can get the most out of your time using machines at The Mill. The focus will be on designing parts that can physically be made, whether on the digital manufacturing tools or on the standard woodshop tools.
[Note: We encourage you to bring a Mac or PC laptop with wall charger and a external 3-button mouse. Please go to http://www.sketchup.com/ to download and install the free version of Sketchup before class. If you don’t have a laptop, The Mill has a limited number of computers available.]