3D Printing and CAD - Future Skills

Modfab’s online 3D printing and CAD course is designed to get teachers up to speed with this exciting 21st century technology!
Target Audience
Modfab has designed 3D Printing and CAD - Future Skills to encompass a wide range of teachers and faculties. While the most obvious candidates are TAS teachers, the technology lends itself to being used for many other disciplines such as science, mathematics, history, geography, visual arts and PDHPE.
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General Description

Modfab’s 3D Printing and CAD – Future Skills course is designed to get teachers up to speed with this exciting new technology. Modfab has trained over 800 teachers from Primary, Secondary and TAFE, and we believe that we have a course that will empower educators to take 3D printing and CAD into their classrooms, and pass these skills on to their students. It is a hands-on course which will provide you with the confidence to operate, maintain and troubleshoot a generic FDM (fused deposition modelling) 3D printer. All aspects of 3D model preparation and slicing are covered to enable teachers to produce great looking 3D prints. We train CAD using Tinkercad, an online application that has the most friendly and intuitive interface we have found. The course allows teachers to look for real world connections to their key learning areas when utilising this 21st century technology.

Audience

Modfab has designed 3D Printing and CAD – Future Skills to encompass a wide range of teachers and faculties. While the most obvious candidates are TAS teachers, the technology lends itself to being used for many other disciplines such as science, mathematics, history, geography, visual arts and PDHPE.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Most TTA online courses are available with an Online Subscription. For a little more than the price of one course, you can gain up to 20 PD hours per year. Learn more HERE.

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours.

This course is delivered primarily through video content which is hosted on vimeo.com. An internet connection with 1Mb/s or greater is desirable.


This course contributes to 7.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

  Start Date Location Availability Price    
Enrol Now 01/03/2018 Online Places available $269 + GST Enrol Now

Sessions

Session 1: Introduction & Future Makers

40 minutes

This session is all about getting to know you and what you would like to learn about 3D printing and CAD. An introductory video will introduce you to Modfab, the facilitators and the course. Your input is important and we request you fill out a short questionnaire. This will ensure we can provide you with the best training possible.

What is a Future Maker? In this session we will explore the concept of the future maker and see examples of 3D printing and CAD design and how they are being used in enterprise and industry. What will the jobs of the future be, and why should I consider this in my teaching?

This session will be delivered using video, document and interactive online elements.

Session 2 : Getting Started with Tinkercad

30 minutes

Tinkercad is a free, fun to use, cloud based 3D modelling software which is perfect for students and teachers alike. Covered in this session is the user interface, navigation and object creation and modification. Very interactive and hands-on!

This session will be delivered using video, document and interactive online elements.

Session 3: 3D Printing Design Cycle and Workflow

20 minutes

How does 3D Printing work ? What are the steps you need to take from conception to a real object? We will answer these questions in this session.

This session will be delivered using video, document and interactive online elements.

Session 4 : 3D Printing technologies, 3D Resources, WHS of 3D Printers

45 minutes

There are a raft of different 3D printing technologies, some very specialized, in this session we will explore some of these along with a look into the WHS of 3D printers. We will also explore the vast amount of downloadable 3D content on the internet.

This session will be delivered using video, document and interactive online elements.

Session 5: Your first Tinkercad Project

45 minutes

Another fun, hands-on session! This time we will be creating our first project for 3D printing. Using simple primitive shapes and the text tool, you will make a name tag, the perfect starter project for students. Once you have created the basic form, we’ll move on to some inspirational ideas for alternative designs, then you can dream up your own!

This session will be delivered using video, document and interactive online elements.

Session 6: Preparing Your File for 3D Printing

1 hour

Essential for 3D printing is an understanding of the software used to prepare the 3D model for printing. We will go into detail using a generic software as we slice your name tag for 3D printing but we will also include information about other popular slicing software to encompass some of the major brands of 3D printers. Before we finish this session, we will also look at formulas for faster prints, stronger prints and high quality prints.

This session will be delivered using video, document and interactive online elements.

Session 7: 3D printer Preparation and Calibration

45 minutes

Getting into the nuts and bolts. Making sure the print bed covering is correct for the plastic you’re using. It is also important that the print bed is calibrated properly for best results. Even if you don’t end up being the person who is in charge of this, you’ll know what’s going on.

This session will be delivered using video, document and interactive online elements.

Session 8: 3D Printer Maintenance and Troubleshooting

45 minutes

The mechanical forces involved in 3D printing are quite low but the 3D printer still needs to be clean and lubricated. We will also look at the common problems that occur in 3D printing such as clogging in the extruder and print warping along with other issues. Being able to recognise print defects and their cause will help you create more successful prints.

This session will be delivered using video, document and interactive online elements.

Session 9: 3D Printing Materials and Storage

35 minutes

The universe of 3D printing materials is an ever expanding space! While there are some standard materials like PLA and ABS, more materials are coming on the market all the time. In this session, we will look at common and exotic materials and how to store them for maximum shelf life.

This session will be delivered using video, document and interactive online elements.

Session 10: Print Finishing

45 minutes

No need to leave your print the way it came off the machine. in this session we look at gluing , hand finishing ,painting, and smoothing

This session will be delivered using video, document and interactive online elements.

Session 11: Extended Tools in Tinkercad

1 hour

Tinkercad has a set of basic but useful tools to assist you in creating your models. In this session we will look at those tools in detail. We will also import pre-made 2D and 3D files which can be used as tools to modify our models or as the basis of a project.

You will also be given the opportunity to share your designs and thinking with other candidates.

This session will be delivered using video, document and interactive online elements.

Session 12: Design Challenge!

No duration specified

It’s time to exercise your Tinkercad skills to solve a problem! We will provide you with a design brief and then you can let your creative side loose. This challenge is one you can take straight to your students for a stimulating and involving, group based project.

This session will be delivered using video, document and interactive online elements.

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About the team


Ben & Heike Roberts

Creator

I am a teacher who has taught in the classroom, ESL, Learning Support and RFF. Ben is an engineer and has been involved in 3D Printing over the last five years. Our Course has been endorsed by BOSTES, we are running holiday workshops at the Science Centre in Wollongong, running Learning Labs for primary and high school students at UOW, written a nationally recognised course for 3D Printing using 5 units of competency. Involved in creating a 3D printing course with TAFE, involved with setting up a FabLab at UTS with Professor Sheather. We are also working with UOW to run a 3D Printing competition.


This course is FREE with Online Subscription

Creator

If you hold a current TTA Subscription you can enrol into this course for free. To learn more, visit tta.edu.au/go/subscription

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