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Design for 3D Printing

Design for 3D Printing - Essentials covers the indispensable core topics for working with 3D printers, Slicer software and Product Design Software. In this training course, students will learn how to design products in accordance with their 3D printer.
Students gain safe, methodical and repeatable guidelines in order to successfully prepare and create professional and presentable Ready-to-Print designs.
The course has been created with a Manufacturing focus though most of the concepts are applicable to the AEC industry as well.


On completion of the course, students would have been given the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of commands and concepts that develop the skills necessary to be able to:

  • Safely Setup and utilise their 3D Printer
  • Understand Principle Concepts and Theory behind 3D Printing
  • Navigate the 3D Printer user interface
  • Maintain and Care for the 3D Printer
  • Understand Core Slicer Settings, manipulating Support Structures and managing In-Fill
  • Conduct a successful 3D Print following topics of Printability
  • Understand the workflow between Product Design, Slicer preparation and 3D Printing.
  • Troubleshoot common aspects of the 3D Printing Workflow

Who should attend and Course Prerequisites

This courseware is designed for new users of 3D Printers.
Students attending this course should have:

  • A sound level of computer literacy
  • A working knowledge of Autodesk Inventor® or Autodesk Fusion 360® software (Inventor - Introduction to Solid Modelling or equivalent)
  • A sound understanding of manufacturing and computer terminology
  • A high level of computer literacy and a thorough understanding of the Microsoft Windows environment

Delivery Mode

Traditional Instructor-led group training

1 day (09:00 - 16:30)

Course Contents

Training topics will be selected from the content listed below. Not all topics will be covered during instructor-led
Training but are contained in the Autodesk® Official Training Guide provided at the conclusion of training.

Important Safety Guidelines

  • Risk of Burns
  • Electromagnetic Safety
  • Mechanical Safety
  • Electrical Safety
  • Chemical Safety
  • Toolkits
  • Controlling your 3D Printing Environment

Introduction to 3D Printing

  • 3D Printer Assembly
  • 3D Printer Control Interface
  • Selecting a 3D Printer

Setup your 3D Printer

  • Install your 3D Printer
  • Tools you need to maintain your 3D Printer

Basic 3D Printer Maintenance

  • Preparing the 3D Printer before Print
  • How to care for your 3D Printer
  • Troubleshooting

Material Selection

  • Types of Materials for different 3D Printers
  • Material Temperatures
  • Optimal Nozzle sizes for Materials
  • Fluidity

Introduction to Slicer Software

  • Layer-by-Layer
  • Supports

Core Slicer Settings

  • Understanding Slicer Settings
  • Layer-by-Layer
  • Supports
  • In-Fill

Introduction to Product Design Principles

  • Design for Manufacture
  • Design for 3D Printing

What to Expect from your 3D Printer

  • Rounded Corners
  • Print Assemblies In-Place
  • Complexity-free Design

Essentials I - Printability Topics

  • Tolerances
  • 45 Degree Rule
  • Wall Thickness
  • Assemble rather than print all at once
  • Chamfer/Fillet edges to reduce points of stress

Essentials II - Printability Topics

  • Include hardware for strength or utility
  • Teardrops instead of Horizontal Holes
  • Force Solid In-Fill
  • Round Corners Reduce warping
  • Print a Size Reference
  • Chamfers to pronounce cleaner bottom edges


A prepared Training Guide is provided as a Reference Resource at the conclusion of the course.


An A2K Technologies “Certificate of Attendance” will be issued on completion of the course.