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Video: Snippets from online 3D printing and CAD courses

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In August we wrote two articles that listed a few great courses and programs for beginners wanting to learn how to 3D print. This article listed four courses – three online and one with actual live popup workshops nationwide – to help anyone get started with 3D printing, and this article mentioned five CAD programs for beginners. Both articles listed online video tutorials hub Lynda. Lynda has thousands of video tutorials and courses in a wide range of categories for beginners to experts, and its 3D printing and CAD courses are extremely thorough.

On Saturday, Lynda posted two Youtube video snippets taken from its 3D printing course that walks through the steps of how to 3D print a replacement part. Because the full courses aren’t free (it costs $25 a month for unlimited access to all courses), the tutorial snippets are very basic and only offer a brief introduction to what they teach. However, both still provide informative run-throughs of some of the basic features of 3D printing software. Each video is about two minutes long.

The first snippet is taken from a part of the course that teaches you how to use CAD program Tinkercad. Watch it below for some basic info about navigating the CAD software and see if you’d like to try out the full course.

The snippet below takes you a few steps further in the process after you have designed your product and are ready to export it to your 3D printer’s software for printing. Despite its brief length, it explains how to add rafts and support material to your object when using MakerBot software.

If you’re interested in learning how to 3D print and you think the teaching style presented in the videos above may be a good fit for you, check out Lynda for further info.



Shanie Phillips is a originally from the UK, but has spent many years in Singapore, the US and now Israel. In addition to writing for Inside3DP she writes for several news and innovation sites.

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