Intro to FDM 3D Printers

4935 W Nassau St

4935 W Nassau St · Tampa, FL

How to find us

We'll be in the new classroom on the West side of the building.

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THS Members free;
Non-members $10

This class is envisioned as the first step in starting with 3d printers, because by understanding something you are better able to work with it and troubleshoot issues arising from inexperience or lack of understanding of the root cause.

With this knowledge you should be better able to make an educated decision on purchasing a 3d printer, or better understanding the technique for using one you already may have to get better results.

These are the kinds of questions this class is trying to answer;
- What is the origin of 3d printers?
- How 3d printers work?
- How do their various hardware components come together to allow for creating fantastic physical objects?
- How does the software translate digital blueprints to command the hardware can understand?
- What types of materials can you print with, what are their advantages and disadvantages?
- What must we take into consideration when designing your own 3D objects?
- What common issues do people run into with 3d printers?

Note: This class does not replace the 3D printer orientation classes. It does not cover the specific operation of the 3D printers available for members to use. It does make a good starting point as it will cover subjects not covered in depth in the orientation classes.

The member price is for paid members of Tampa Hackerspace. Information on becoming a paid member can be found on our website ( You can prepay for the class at our Square Marketplace (

Payment is expected within 24 hours of your RSVP. If anyone hasn't paid by then, they will shifted to the wait list to make room for other students.

If you've been moved to the waiting list, we couldn't match a payment through Square for the class to your meetup account. If this is in error, please message [masked]. If you haven't yet paid, please do so at the link above and we'll move you back to the active list.