3D printing for technicians TY629 / B20

Start date
14 Jun 21
2 Days
National STEM Centre, University of York, York YO10 5DD How to find us


Do you have a temperamental 3D printer that you would like help with? Are you looking for health and safety guidance or assistance with managing filament and equipment? Maybe you would like to spend some time working with experts on how you can produce better 3D printed products?
Get hands-on with CAD software, slicing software and a range of 3D printers. Sessions will be a mix of hands-on workshops and presentations, with opportunity to ask questions throughout and where possible, we will do our best to tailor content to specific machines. Laptops are provided for all participants and we will be using the latest educational version of Fusion 360 and Tinkercad for any CAD sessions. However, if you are an experienced CAD user, you are welcome to bring your own device with your own choice of CAD software.

Who is it for?

Perfect for technicians who are maintaining and using filament fed 3D printers in a design and technology department.

What topics are covered?

This two day course covers: 
  • ⚪   creating a printable design, using Fusion 360 and Tinkercad

    ⚪   creparing a file for print, using slicing software

    ⚪   safe management of 3D printers and their materials, including maintenance, extraction and risk assessments

    ⚪   advanced support for altering print settings and top tips

    ⚪   file sharing sites and future developments in 3D printing products

    ⚪   post-print finishing techniques for different print materials

    ⚪   how filament printers are used in the classroom

How long is the course?

This is a two day intensive residential course. 

Who are the course leaders?

  • Phil CottonProfessional Development Leader, specialising in 3D printing and computer aided design, employed as a secondary D&T head of department

  • Dave ParryNational D&T and Art adviser, supporting all aspects of D&T and Art, with particular skills in new technologies and safe working practices


Who is the course leader?


By the end of this course, you will be able to: 
  • ✔️   understand techniques to maintain filament fed 3D printers and ensure a high-quality build of products

    ✔️   fix broken print files and trouble shoot common printing issues

    ✔️   explore the 3D file marketplace and gain ideas of where to find support both online and locally


3D printing for technicians - day 114 June 202110:00-17:30National STEM Centre
3D printing for technicians - day 215 June 202109:00-15:15National STEM Centre

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Additional information

If the course you would like to attend is fully booked, please contact enquiries@stem.org.uk to express your interest in being added to a waiting list. We will contact you when the course is due to run again.

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