If you’ve always wanted to learn how to 3D print or sharpen your 3D printing skills, the holiday break is the best time to do it. Whether you’re a beginner who’s looking for a detailed step-by-step guide, an experienced enthusiast who wants to troubleshoot your 3D printing issues, or just want to connect and chat with fellow 3D printers, here are the best ways to learn more about 3D printing.
1. Youtube Tutorials
Youtube is a treasure trove of learning guides. There are plenty of 3D printing channels that you can subscribe to that will guide your 3D printing journey regardless of skill level or 3D printer. Teaching Tech is one channel that offers complete 3D printing guides from getting started with 3D printing to solving day-to-day printing issues. Here’s a complete guide for 3D printing beginners.
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If you need useful hacks for filaments, you can also subscribe to our Youtube channel, X3D Print. Hosted by our resident 3D printing guru, Lyn, find out the best tips and tricks for printing with our X3D Pro, Eryone, and FormFutura filaments.
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2. Online Courses
There are plenty of online 3D printing courses if you want to learn in the comfort of your own home. You can check out the 3D printing courses from Lynda.com via Linkedin Learning. For a free introduction course, Instructables has a course taught by an experienced 3D printer user.
3. 3D Printing Courses & Workshops
If you’re a student, there may be 3D printing courses where you’re enrolled. Some of the institutions that have course offerings are Griffith University, Victoria University, and RMIT. For those already out of school and university, you can also enrol in courses at SFDesign and Bilby 3D or the workshops at Objective 3D. Finally, there are also courses from Manufacturing Academy and JobTrainer. Since they’re on-site courses, they may not be available during the holidays but at least you’ll be making your first step in learning more about 3D printing.
4. 3D Printing Projects for Beginners
Some people learn faster through practice. If your 3D printer is all set up, calibrated and you’re itching to get started, you can practice with simple and fun 3D printing ideas. All3DP has an awesome list of easy 3D printing projects for beginners which are fun and educational. Check out the list here.
5. Forums and social media groups
If you come across a problem that you can’t seem to find the answers for or you’ve just grown frustrated, you can always join 3D printing forums and groups on social media to commiserate with your fellow enthusiasts. For Ultimaker users, you can join their dedicated board. You can also join this 3D Printing subreddit or the many 3D printing groups on Facebook.
Develop better 3D printing skills for 2022 with these learning resources!
Get ready for a better 3D printing journey for 2022 with these learning tips. You can also check out our Tips & Tricks & Troubleshooting articles to learn more. Happy holidays and may the 3D printing force be with you always.