3D printing can seem like a daunting field to get into. After all, while there’s a lot of information, it is not a field that is “newcomer friendly”. The online information can seem very disorganised. Most people posting about the industry will jump to the nitty gritty details. Consequently, this leaves behind a lot of people who shy away from untangling engineering jargon. Another issue is discerning the good advice from the bad. Due to these obstacles, here’s our advice on how to get started.
The first way to learn is to take up courses. Admittedly, it’s hard to find local colleges, schools and universities with a sufficienthuge 3D printingcourse. Thankfully, there are multiple online providers willing to pick up the slack on this. While the experience won’t be hands-on, it is still valuable nonetheless. For the practical side of it, you can always buy aDIY 3D printer kitand assemble it as you learn.
Instructables has an amazing 3D printing class. It’s also geared towards those people who fancy themselves with a more hands-on approach. If you are are far more into ‘learning by doing’ this is the course for you. It covers more of the practical side and jumps straight to the nuts and bolts of 3D printing. The class is a webinar with hundreds of students worldwide.
Aside from those options, you can peruse the online libraries. MIT’s free courses have tons of resources about digital design. While their current stock is a bit bare, they update frequently. At the same time, newcomers can get quite a few free online resources. There are numerous free software out there.