Learn everything you need to know about 3D printing in the classroom and become a PrintLab Certified Educator – included in all PrintLab Classroom license options.
Get Up-To-Speed with 3D Printing
We cover all the basics & essentials
An Introduction to 3D Printing
Learn the fundamentals of 3D printing and the tech powering it. We’ve got helpful videos and interactive activities to help you.
Benefits of 3D Printing in Education
Hear about the benefits of 3D printing in education from industry experts. Like infographics? We’ve got lots here.
Introduction to Tinkercad Software
We introduce you to Tinkercad, a free web app for creating 3D models. Find out how it works and create your own teacher account.
3D Modelling Basics
Create your first 3D models in Tinkercad. Don’t worry, you’re fully guided with information, challenges and tutorials.
Designing for 3D Printing
Bam! We give you 10 essential design tips to create models that will actually 3D print. That’s kind of important.
Slicing for 3D Printing
Learn our ‘slicer secrets’ for preparing models for 3D printing. Everything’s covered; from print speed to outer layer thickness.
The PrintLab Curriculum Framework
Find out how you can bring 3D printing into your classroom. More specifically, with the PrintLab Curriculum Framework.
Don’t have enough time or printers to create every student’s model? We go over these challenges and more.
How long does the course last?
The online course is completely self-paced so you can fit it around your own routine. Although highly dependent on your skill level amongst other things, we estimate that the course will take between 4-6 hours to complete. Additionally, the requirement to become a PrintLab Certified Educator is to pass the 3 assessments at the end of the course. If you feel comfortable taking these without completing all sections, that’s totally fine!
What software will I require in order to participate in the course?
A key focus of this course is 3D modelling, which we believe is one of the most important aspects of the 3D printing process. Our recommended software when getting started with 3D printing is Tinkercad, which is browser-based and completely free! Several sections of the course will require you to create and use a Tinkercad account, but don’t worry if you haven’t got an account yet as there is a section that goes through this process.
What if I fail an assessment?
Once the exam is complete and the 3D model and lesson structure are submitted, please allow 7 days for a PrintLab representative to assess your work and issue your digital graduation certificate. If assessments are failed, a PrintLab representative will be in touch to advise what needs to be improved to gain the certificate of completion.
Do I need a specific 3D printer to participate in the course?
Absolutely not. All the material on PrintLab Classroom is suitable for use with any FFF 3D printer. In fact, you can even complete this course without a 3D printer.