Additive Manufacturing: Optimizing 3D Prints

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  • Course details

    3D printing is a complex additive process. Many things can go wrong. But with the right knowledge, design, and materials, you can get amazing, high-quality prints. Join Rich Cameron and Joan Horvath—founders of Nonscriptum, the 3D printing and maker tech education company—as they show you how to get the best quality 3D print, every time. Explore popular software programs for filament-based printing, such as Slic3r and Cura, and the settings that have the biggest impact on your print quality, from layer height to infill amount. Discover how to achieve the best adhesion, how to auto-level print beds, how to remove supports, and how to dial in your retraction and extrusion settings. Plus, find out how to use G-code to run custom commands.

    Instructors

    • Click here to view Joan Horvath’s instructor page

      Joan Horvath

      Co-founder Nonscriptum LLC 3D printing & tech consultants. Author Apress books, LinkedIn Learning courses. MIT alum.

      Joan Horvath is a cofounder of Nonscriptum LLC.

      Her Pasadena-based consulting and training firm was founded in early 2015 and focuses on teaching educators and scientists how to use maker tech. Joan is an MIT alumna, recovering rocket scientist, and educator. She collaborates with her cofounder, Rich Cameron, on books for Apress, available on Apress.com, Amazon.com, and via other retailers.
    • Click here to view Rich Cameron’s instructor page

      Rich Cameron

      Rich "Whosawhatsis" Cameron is a cofounder of Nonscriptum LLC.

      Rich's Pasadena-based consulting and training firm was founded in early 2015 and focuses on teaching educators and scientists how to use maker tech. Rich is an open-source 3D printer hacker who designed the RepRap Wallace and Bukito printers. He collaborates with his cofounder, Joan Horvath, on books for Apress, available on Apress.com, Amazon.com, and via other retailers.

    Skills covered in this course

  • Getting the most out of your 3D printer

    - [Rich Cameron] You can get some amazing prints out of a consumer level 3D printer. However, it requires some knowledge of your printer, its software, materials, and of course, a well-designed part. - [Joan Horvath] When you get started it can seem pretty complicated. How do you choose a software workflow? What materials do you want to use? And even which printer to buy? - [Rich Cameron] Your design might look great on a computer screen, but how do you translate that to a real object you can hold in your hand? Those decisions will all interact with each other, and changing one thing can have unpredictable results. - [Joan Horvath] We're Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron. The co-founders of Nonscriptum, LLC, and authors of many books on 3D printing and other technologies. We'll introduce you to some of the common software programs you might use to interact with a filament based 3D printer, and show you how to configure them…

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