If you're new to 3D design and 3D printing, we recommend participating in the following introduction pathway, which features 4 skill-building mini-courses
Here are our most popular beginner projects, which are perfect for beginner/intermediate users. Beginner projects focus on introducing you to 3D printing for iterative design, customisation and meaningful applications
Here are a selection of our most popular advanced projects, which focus on open-ended designs that positively impact the world. Advanced projects incorporate design-thinking and human-centered design principles
We look forward to supporting your design journey and we'd love to keep in touch!
We built PrintLab as a flexible toolkit of projects that you can pick and choose from to build your own learning pathway. We focus on key themes that have a positive impact on the world, which include assistive technology, the circular economy, STEM, manufacuring, architecture and more. The majority of our projects (excluding skill-building mini courses) have a similar structure, which is explained below.
1. Context: Projects generally begin by providing you with context about a certain topic, before the design challenge is introduced. This might come in the form of explainer videos and industry stories, as well as example design solutions that give you new knowledge and inspiration.
2. Skills: Before you embark on your creative design journey, you’ll participate in design tutorials that provide you with the necessary technical skills to bring your own unique creations to life. Projects generally come with 3D design tutorials in Tinkercad and Fusion 360 (both free for education and personal use) – allowing you to pick which software to use.
3. Design Methods: With your new knowledge, inspiration and skills in place, you’ll then be provided with guidance in developing a unique solution to the design challenge. Example resources include design-thinking templates and videos that provide instructions on performing creative design methods.
*Please note that some projects may vary and not follow the exact structure outlined above*
Gain a thorough understanding of the 3D printing process and industry with the Intro to 3D Printing course. The course involves reading and viewing digital 3D models that explain 10 key 3D printing concepts.
Learn the fundamentals of 3D design in Tinkercad software in this step-by-step short course. Alternatively, if you're looking to use a more advanced software package, take on the Intro to Fusion 360 course.
The Designing for 3D Printing course is a series of videos that teach you how to design 3D models that are 3D printable. Examples of both good and bad practice are highlighted throughout each section.
The Slicing for 3D Printing course is a series of videos about optimising the settings in your slicing software to achieve the best quality 3D prints. Tips are general and can be applied to most slicing software packages.
Learn about angular momentum, friction and more before designing your own spinning top. The aim is to optimise the design to make the top spin for as long as possible.
Learn how to turn 2D sketches into 3D models to make clip accessories for the classroom, home or office.
Learn about forces, motion and Newton's Third Law before designing and 3D printing a balloon powered dragster. The aim is to optimise the design to make the dragster travel as far as possible in a straight line.
Learn how to design and make a 3D printed tactile game for an individual or group of individuals who have visual impairments.
Learn about assistive technology before designing and 3D printing a range of devices to help people with disabilities
Learn about virus transmission before designing solutions to limit their spread on hard surfaces
Learn about upcycling waste materials for a circular economy before designing your own products
Learn how to transform an off-the-shelf product into an ergonomic solution customised for an individual
If you require any support or simply want to have a chat, feel free to get in touch!
If you're active on social media, we'd love to see images/videos of how you're using PrintLab and the designs you come up with. Tag @weareprintlab for the chance to be featured on our channels!