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Introduction to CAD and 3D Printing

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Price: $15.00 /per person
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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 class
The current state of 3D printing
Non-comprehensive overview of 3D CAD tools (free & non-free)
Why use FreeCAD?/Pros and Cons
Setting up the work environment.
General design basics (tolerancing, design for manufacturability[DFM], etc...)
3D CAD design basics and theory
FreeCAD specific basics
Creating a box – 1st and 2nd methods
Features – Pad, Pocket, etc...
Exercise - Enclosure design (Rasberry Pi)
I want to make more than boxes...(Advanced shaping)
Explanation of where to go next

How should students prepare?

Download and install FreeCAD v0.13 (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Bookmark the FreeCAD wiki.
Bring your laptop to class

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 - Intermediate - or Advanced Level
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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