Everything about 3D Printing
We are an educational project born from a unique fablab in the South of Portugal (www.buinho.pt). As a fablab, our main motivation for offering this course was to contribute to the dissemination of the 3D printing revolution through all the schools. Buinho currently coordinates an Erasmus consortium (PT01-KA121-SCH-000010598) dedicated to this mission.
By taking this course you will learn everything about 3D printing. Its a very practical course where we will be using 3D printers during all the days. By the end of the week you will be able to use 3D printers in an autonomous way, troubleshoot printing problems, teach 3D modelling to your students, and develop some activities with 3D printing in your classroom.
In the “Everything about 3D Printing” course, you will be given an individual Creality Ender 3 Pro 3D printer to work with during the entire course. We will have one 3D printer per participant to make sure you have the best learning experience.
All the tools will be provided, we just ask the participants to bring a laptop as it will be needed for the software installation.
The training will take you through all that involves the use of a normal 3D printer – the initial testing, calibration, troubleshooting, improving printing results, slicing 3D models, and also 3D modelling.
The courses are made in a fablab/makerspace environment, which means that the participants will be granted free access to other digital prototyping equipment like laser cutters or vinyl cutters, which can be helpful for the customization of the machines – Inside a fablab, the only limit is your imagination!
During the time dedicated in learning how to 3D model for the classroom, we will focus on the use of free software Tinkercad. Learning not only the basic operations but also some useful tips and examples that can be later used with your students. Participants will also be trained on how to use a free software called Cura, learning how to optimize the printing quality and time spent by a proficient use of a CAM software. With Cura, we will learn how to set the best parameters for your machine according to the requirements of your project.
The last day of training will focus on providing assistance in individual projects and doubts, as well as share some special resources Buinho developed only for our course participants.
In Portugal, Buinho has been successfully teaching 3D printing to children from elementary to secondary school years, and we want to share some of our experiences with you. We have vast experience in teaching and capacitating teachers from different school years and with zero experience in these subjects. We want to empower teachers and schools, capacitating teachers to effectively use 3D printing and 3D modeling inside the classroom. We will also show you how to save money by making smart investments and improving the workflow, and how to fix 3D printers that may be lacking maintenance in your school
By taking this course within a fablab, participants will also have free access to one hour of online courses and tutorials prepared by Buinho and available in our e-learning platform. Finally, the course also includes a cultural program free for the participant, providing the opportunity to visit Portuguese landmarks and experience a bit of our Culture.
Target Groups – Elementary, Middle and Secondary School teachers
Duration of the course – Five days
Total Cost of the Course – 400€
Note: Each class will have a maximum of 10 participants to provide higher quality standards and more individualized support.