Additive Manufacturing Materials and Assembly
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Additive Manufacturing Materials and Assembly
Second Level Multidiscipline Fabrication Course
Prerequisites: Level 1 Additive Manufacturing Systems

Tenlog TL-D3 - Current Class Machine

Course Overview
3d Printing - CAD Design - Model Assembly

This course is listed a second level 3d printer course which it does introduce students to many new printing concepts, however it's focused strongly on developing your own CAD models using Fusion 360. We design many models to test merged materials and machine tolerances but also have a large overarching class project designing a functional mill vise. This will require over 100 hours of printing. This 3d printed tool also includes many real components such as fasteners and bearings.

The CAD work will be done in Fusion 360 and the slicer used most in class will be Cura. We will look at CATIA briefly as well as the open source CGI system, Blender.

A concept that's been the core of many of our programs, yet difficult to get into a name or narrative, is how we incorporate several diverse topics into one course. So if you're expecting simply a class on 3d printing understand that there will be a great deal of work in 3d design as well as fabrication processes such as sanding and filing, drilling and tapping holes, and component assembly.


Working with an Independent Dual Extruder Printer
  • IDEX Basics
  • Slicer setup
  • Print Tuning

CAD - Fusion 360 and/or CATIA
  • Design methodologies
  • Extrude, revolve, web, patterns
  • Designing for available hardware
  • Modeling needed products from datasheet
  • CAD Assembly
  • Model iteration
  • Organizational practices for better editing
  • Designing for soluble supports

Material Study
  • Identify characteristics of various print materials
  • Print test samples in PLA, PETG, Polypropylene, Polycarbonate, PVA, carbon fiber, wood, and possibly more
  • Develop best practice matrix for varied materials
  • Incorporating materials
  • Working with PVA soluble support material

  • Heat-set and self-tapping inserts
  • Hole drilling and tapping
  • Sanding and Filing
  • Blender 3d design software

Online Program Specifics

One thing we never want to do is use online delivery as a cheap alternative to in person training. Obviously for physical skills this is difficult but we feel we can accomplish this through the use of several methodologies. This will mean first and foremost, student engagement. We'll have scheduled online meetings just like our in person curriculum and everyone should plan on showing up. We can make accommodations from time to time just as we do in our regular classes, but it cannot be a frequent issue. If this is a problem, wait for another time slot to open up.

The other portion of this course will be video lecture. We will have regularly scheduled video meetings, but we will also have instructional content made up prior that students can review before class time at their leisure. This will be available on our online portal page that we will give out to students after they enroll. These videos will also include frequently asked questions, and our plan is to continue to make videos on student issues so it could benefit others in the future.

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Class Dates and Times:

Additive Manufacturing Materials and Assembly
Not Available
July 5 - Aug 18
5pm - 6pm
Instructor: Damian Cianci


You can register by phone between 9am and 4pm PDT

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Contact Damian Cianci at if you have any questions.