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FDM101: Introductory Prusa 3D Printers

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FDM101: Introductory Prusa 3D Printers

Desktop 3D Printing Series

FDM101: Introductory Prusa 3D Printers

3D printing is an exciting technology that allows makers to create objects from spools of plastic or vats of resin. Fused-deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printers are cheap, versatile, and capable machines that can create everything from board game pieces to prosthetic limbs. 3D printers are becoming more and more common in the world, so it’s important to know how to use them. In FDM101, you’ll learn all about what FDM 3D printing is, how it works, what its strengths (and weaknesses) are, and more.

Prusa printers stand out from the crowd of desktop FDM printers because of their accessibility, ease of use, and open-source hardware. They’re also considered one of the best and most affordable FDM printers you can get. Since 2017, Prusa machines have consistently collected global acclaim from the international maker community, including best desktop 3D printer for three years running. By the end of the 60-minute workshop, you'll have everything you need to begin 3D printing on right away on these incredible machines.

Select a location to enroll in a workshop, resume a quiz, or reserve equipment in your local instance of the MAP.

In this course, you'll learn:

  • How 3D printing works

  • Direct drive vs. Bowden-drive extruders

  • Common Prusa 3D printer anatomy and detailed extruder anatomy and the pros and cons of cartesian 3D printers.

  • Core safety requirements for operating FDM printers.

  • Handling and storing FDM 3D printer materials.

  • Tips and tricks for operating Prusa printers, including what to do before, during, and after your project.

  • How to use the common slicer software, such as Cura, to prepare a model for printing.

  • Most common settings to consider, including support, infill, and build plate adhesion.

  • Best practices for getting started and monitoring your 3D print.

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University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY 82071

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