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Free Hands-on 3D Printing at Rochdale Central Library

Thursday 8th March, 11:00am

11:00 am – 2:00 pm workshop followed by technical surgery and self-directed learning from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Intrigued by 3D printing, but don’t know where to start? Then join MadLab for this free 3-hour workshop covering all the basics you’ll need to get going.

You’ll get a chance to get hands-on with 3D printing and design, including designing a 3D model, preparing a 3D file for printing, and watching a live demonstration of a 3D print being created on the Ultimaker 2+.

Plus participants will also receive a free three-month basic membership to MadFabLab, an accredited FabLab packed with 3D printers – plus laser cutters, bench tools, mini CNC machine and more – worth £90!

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for all abilities. We welcome beginners with no previous experience of 3D printing.

What will you learn?

  • Introduction to 3D printing technologies, and types of printers (Consumer and Pro)
  • Learn more about what 3D printers are used for – both in industry and for fun!
  • Understand different materials and their properties
  • Get best practice design tips and techniques for the Ultimaker 2+
  • Hands-on Introduction to 3D-modeling software with Tinkercad
  • Uploading and 3D-printing your design; Introduction to Curaslicing software
  • A demonstration of a 3D print coming to life on the Ultimaker 2+
  • Overview of 3D-design and modelling, including some 3D design software alternatives (both free and paid, e.g. Pro: Autodesk Fusion 360, AutoCAD / Free: Sketchup, OpenSCAD, Meshmixer)
  • Next steps, and where to go for more information

These sessions are free to attend, tickets required. To book your tickets, see below.


>>Workshop 11:00 am – 2:00 pm<<

>>Technical Surgery and Self-Directed Learning 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm<<

Equipment you’ll need

A few laptops will be available on the day, but we recommend you bring your own laptop if you have one (remember to fully charge it!).

Following these workshops will be a 90 minute drop-in technical surgery where you can continue practicing your new skills on Tinkercad. The MadLab facilitators will be on hand with their expert knowledge, providing you with the know-how to start your 3D printing journey. They will answer your questions on how to choose the right material and suppliers, advise on buying your first 3D printer, and any business facing challenges you might encounter. If you would like the facilitators to look at a specific design or prototyping problem, please bring it along with you.

The workshop and technical surgery are delivered on behalf of the Big Ideas Generators Project by MadLab