Begin Your Education Learning Pathway
Spend more time teaching and less time tinkering by learning how to easily and meaningfully incorporate 3D printing into your classroom with these user stories, blog posts, white papers, and videos.
Follow along step-by-step for thorough instruction,
or select individual resources most relevant to your needs or learning style.
Step 1: Unboxing and Setup
Review this unboxing video before your Form 2 arrives. Become acquainted with the components in your printer and prepare to start printing.
- Identify core printer components
- Install your Resin Tank, Build Platform, and Resin Cartridge
Step 2: Dashboard Registration and Setup
Step 2: Dashboard Registration and Setup
In this video, you'll learn to configure a Dashboard account and 3D print more efficiently by tracking print progress, material consumption, order statuses, and more.Learn More
Step 3: Introduction to PreForm
Practice using PreForm, Formlabs’ print preparation software, to increase print quality and success.
- Navigate the PreForm 3D workspace
- Locate and use core tools and menus
- Prepare models for 3D printing and send them to your printer
Step 4: Optimizing Part Orientation
Increase print success and save time and material costs by gaining an intimate understanding of how part orientation impacts your prints.
- Apply advanced support generation tools
- Orient parts for print success and reliability
Step 5: Making Models Printable
Save time and avoid frustration during the file repair process by learning how to use powerful mesh repair tools in Autodesk Meshmixer.
Learn to address:
- Missing faces
- Zero thickness areas
- Non-manifold meshes and more
Step 6: Post-Processing Basics
Maintain an effective post-processing workflow to save time and to ensure consistent results when finishing printed parts.
- Remove printed parts using the build platform jig and the print removal tool
- Agitate and soak prints in IPA to remove excess resin
- Remove support structures using flush cutters
- Post-cure parts when necessary or useful
Skateboarding STEAM Curriculum
Learn from Paul Schmitt, the “Godfather” of modern-day skateboard deck manufacturing, about how his educational initiative “Create a Skate” teaches students where products come from and fosters a hands-on, accessible approach to tech.
- Paul Schmitt’s ideology on manufacturing and engineering coursework
- How 3D printing can help students better understand how products are brought to life
Manage Multiple 3D Printers
Learn the unique demands of managing multiple 3D printers to increase productivity while growing your 3D printing capacity.
- Configure a multi-printer lab or workspace
- Acquire and manage consumables and essential supplies
- Understand the 3D printing process at scale
Creating a Successful Fab Lab
Learn how professor Jason Roth transformed an Ivy Tech learning space into a functional environment conducive to design and engineering programs.
- Design a workspace that facilitates collaboration
- Invest in tools that enhance engineering curriculum and mirror real-world processes
Scaling a Fab Lab from FDM to SLA 3D Printing
Learn how Montclair State University scaled 3D printing technologies in their fab lab to more closely replicate real-world design processes.
- Incorporate FDM and SLA technologies in the same lab or curriculum
- Understand why and when to transition from FDM to SLA technology
Incentives and Ingredients for Building a Makerspace
Is your school building a makerspace? Learn what makes makerspaces successful and how to replicate this in your school or lab.
- What makes a makerspace successful
- Who should create a makerspace
Fab Labs and Advanced Manufacturing Education
Learn how Somerville High School is redefining “vo-tech” with it’s CTE program, and preparing students for in-demand careers.
- Tie 3D modeling and CAD to digital fabrication
- Communicate the value of engineering and manufacturing curriculum in your school
Applications and Implementation of 3D Printing in Education
In this webinar, learn best practices for implementing 3D printing into a fabrication lab or makerspace with MIT shop manager, Chris Haynes.
- Top applications of 3D printing for research and education
- Different 3D printing technologies and how they compare
- Required tools for each 3D printing technology