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Online Course

3D Printing Software

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera

  • Provider Coursera
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session In progress
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Duration 6 weeks long
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This course will demonstrate how to use 3D printing software to create digital designs that can be turned into physical objects. It will also demonstrate how 3D scanners work to turn physical objects into digital designs. This course is hands-on in nature and will provide step-by-step instructions to guide you through two popular 3D modeling programs, Tinkercad and Fusion 360. Learners who complete this course will be able to use 3D software to design a wide variety of objects for both personal and professional use. In addition, learners who enroll in the course certificate will receive extended free access to Fusion 360 (provided by Autodesk).

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123D Catch: Same as Tinkercad


Course Orientation
-You will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and our learning environment. The orientation will also help you obtain the technical skills required for the course.

Module 1: Design Sketching for 3D Printing
-Design starts with capturing our ideas and a great starting point is to draw. In this module, you will learn how to draw and communicate your ideas. This will set you up with the foundation to express yourself in three dimensions in the subsequent modules.

Module 2: Tinkercad
-Let’s move from expressing our ideas in two dimensions (sketching) to expressing them in three dimensions. You will learn how to use Tinkercad, which is a great software for beginners, before we learn more advanced modeling software (Fusion 360) in module 3.

Module 3: Fusion 360 Basics
-From TinkerCAD, we are moving on to Fusion 360. This is a very powerful tool to turn your ideas into reality. You will learn the Basic user interface, to make sure you understand how to move in a 3D environment. You will learn how to build some primitive shapes and some sketch based shapes.

Module 4: Fusion 360 Advanced
-From the basics, we move on to some advaned concepts. You will learn about the sculpt tool in Fusion 360. The sculpt tool gives you a lot of power, and allows everyone to build complex forms with a short learning curve.

Module 5: 3D Scanning
-In this module we will cover different technologies for turning objects into 3d models. The devices we will demonstrate are the next engine 3d scanner, Microsoft Kinect, structure sensor, as well as any camera you have (including your phone).

Course Conclusion

Taught by

Jeffrey Smith

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Reviews for Coursera's 3D Printing Software Based on 7 reviews

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Felipe S
by Felipe completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Ótimo conteúdo, ótimo professor

Você vai aprender a usar o Thinkercad, Fusion 360, fazer scans de coisas reais e transforma-las em digitais
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Anonymous completed this course.
The 3D printing software course was so complicated and difficult but though interesting.It raised a challenge when you have to compete your sketching and designs with the international coursera community of students.I requires hard work and commitment. It is was not an easy flow or better a walk over.

I recommend the course to anyone who want to enroll for 3D printing Hardware because the courses are inextricably linked and that could contribute and add more value to the 4th Industrial Revolution for the reason that technology is here to stay.
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Virgil M
Virgil completed this course.
Excellent work from the U of I and Coursera. This particular course has really helped me in gaining more deeper knowledge on 3D printing and its software.

Great course to take on.

I would like to thank my instructor Mr. Jeff Smith and also mentors and my peers for helping me to complete this course.

A big thanks to Team Coursera for providing such a great opportunity to learn.

And I'm proud to say that, because of Coursera I have good knowledge on 3D printing and my completion of this course is CERTIFIED.

Thank you very much..
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Juan J
Juan completed this course.
Excellent course!

It gave me a new perspective in 3D specializaed software I did not know.

Jeff Smith is an outstanding teacher, and show us every important aspect of the best-of-breed software available for 3D editing.

I recommend this course to anyone who want to understand the behind-the-scenes of 3D modeling/scanning!

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Nashwamostafamahmoud N
by Nashwamostafamahmoud completed this course.
it is very useful course for people how interested about 3D printing

I learned a lot about the software and how I use it and the course have a very special thing it is scanning it is very wonderful part
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Anonymous completed this course.
The course covers 3D Modeling software. It does not cover the software used for actual 3D printing. The videos are well done (except for the intro and credits you get over and over for each video).
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Rajnish K
Rajnish is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I'm interested in this course and would like to know if there is anything more regarding this opportunity. I gain a lot of experience with the course.
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