3D Printing 101

3D Printing Methods and Tools


A one day training workshop that will provide a preparatory understanding of 3D printing processes, materials, applications and limitations.

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Objectives / targeted skills

Participants should leave the course with a basic, preparatory understanding of:

  • 3D Printing processes
    • Differentiate FDM vs. SLS vs. SLA
    • Differentiate between mesh, surface and solid modeling
  • Common 3D Printing materials
    • Differentiate between Filaments vs. Powders vs. Resins
    • List several strengths and weaknesses of each
  • How to start 3D printing autonomously
    • Required software
    • Correct output formats

Target audience

  • People who have never used 3D Printing (but want to)
  • People who have heard of 3D printing and wish to have a better understanding of its true applications and limitations before investing further
  • People who would like to invest in 3D printing for their workplace but would like a better understanding of the options available


Alexander Gryson, MSc, got his Masters in Structured Foams in 2008 and has worked in 3D, CAD, PLM and 3D Printing since 2010 for companies such as Dassault Systèmes and Sculpteo. He has provided workshops on 3D Printing with Adobe and has given a TEDx talk on 3D Printing and User Experience.

Methods and pedagogy

  • Group has access to a computer with associated software and a 3D printer
  • Workshop method will focus on real world use cases with discussion
  • Workbooks provided for further study
  • (Optional) Training can be provided in English to benefit from domain specific vocabulary



1 day

Lesson Plan

Morning - What is 3D Printing:
  • What is “Additive Manufacturing”
  • 3D Printing processes
    • FDM
    • SLS
    • SLA
    • Others...
    • Support structures
    • Use cases for each technology
  • 3D Printing materials (PLA, ABS, PA12, Resins, Metals)
    • Strengths and weaknesses
    • Use cases
  • Common misconceptions to avoid
Afternoon - 3D Printing software overview:
  • 3D File types
    • Surface vs Solid vs Mesh
    • Design files vs Machine files
  • 3D Design Tools
    • Surface Modelers
      • Sketchup (kind of)
      • Fusion 360
    • Mesh Modelers
      • Blender
    • Solid Modelers
      • FreeCAD
      • Fusion 360
  • Tools for Slicing
    • CURA
    • Slic3r
  • Knowledge Review & Closing Questions

Dates & Location

Dates and location to be defined together


6 people maximum per group


French Format: €350 / person

English Format: €400 / person

(VAT exempt)


Alexander Gryson (das Krafter) is an Oxalis trainer which is Datadock certified, all trainings are eligible for financial support by all OPCAs.

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