101 - Intro to 3D Modelling

101 - Intro to 3D Modelling


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Workshop presentation

The 3D modelling workshop has been created into a slide show for presentation and documentation purposes. Please feel free to download and use the guide and files as per our CC license in the footnote.

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Using the State Library 3D printers you can turn a digital 3D model into a solid plastic object.

In this workshop you will learn the basics of 3D design with Tinkercad and how to print your own model, including how to load it into the printer and cleaning up the product. You will also get a look at the basics of Blender.

101 skill development workshops give you the basic skills you need to start your new creative journey. Each workshop is delivered by an experienced facilitator and no prior experience is required, just basic computer skills, a willingness to learn and a bit of ambition.

Skills Introduced

In this workshop we'll be

  • learning about the Prusa i3Mk3s (the 3D printers we currenly have for booking at The Edge - safety considerations, its major components and the workflow to take 3D model and prepare it for printing.
  • learning about Tinkercad the entry level Computer Aided Design (CAD) software teach people to get started in 3D printing. In this we'll look at nagivating a virtual 3D space on a 2D screen, the tools in TinkerCad and some of the things you should consider when deigning for 3D printing
  • discussing finishing other ways 3D printing can be used Some of the things you can to achieve a better finish your 3D prints and some of the ways 3D printing can be used in other processes including casting, vacuum forming and injection moulding.
  • Induction - participants will complete the 3D printing Induction during this session.

Materials, Tools and Software

Participants will print in The Edge's standard PLA+ and may want to use some hand tools to remove support and clean up their finished print. PLA particles present an inhalation risk so we won't be using any abrasive tools for finishing in the workshop.

Computers used for this workshop require:

  1. Web browser for TinkerCad and Inductions.slq.qld.gov.au
  2. Prusa Slicer
  3. USB port/SD card slot

Health & Safety

Running this workshop at The Edge?.. You should familiarise yourself and your participants with:

  • DML Risk Assessment
  • Innovation Lab Risk assessment
  • 3D Printer (FDM) SOP
  • Print bed cleanse with isopropyl SOP


Before the workshop you will need to check that

  • you have a set of sample prints for participants to take away ( see files at the bottom of the page)
  • have prints set up, established and paused to show participants at Part 4 of the workshop
  • have an example SVG file ready to demonstrate “import and extrude SVG” function in tinkerCAD
  • * the 3D printers are functional and available for use
  • Enough filament is loaded on the machines for everyone to print
  • you have enough SD card and Card readers


PDF of Powerpoint presentation inc facilitator notes Powerpoint Presentation


Blender Vase

Paint on supports in PrusaSlicer

Support breakdown with Makers Muse

Smooth flat surfaces


Sample Prints from Thingiverse

Description Files Image
Demo of compliant mechanisms - handy for designing 3D printed switches and latches compliant_mechanisms_rotational_joint_planar_translator_5872685.zip
Vase Mode stretchy bracelet stretchy_bracelet_13505.zip 0cb90f6947e84c8ceb1f03accdfcfff4.jpeg
Print-in-Place flexible chainmail hex_chain_scale_mail_255924.zip
Print-in-Place dumptruck print-in-place_dump_truck_5697698.zip
Print-in-Place digger print-in-place_excavator_5449036.zip
Parametric butt hinge generator on Thingiverse my_customized_parametric_hinge_5869950.zip
Incredibly strong (considering) screw clamp hand-screw_clamp_2403756.zip 04.jpg
Articulated Lizard articulated_lizard_v2_3505006_2.zip

Sample Prints from from Mick

Description File Source Material
Articulated turtle turtle.stl
Articulated Dragon dragon_2_.stl
Articulated Fishy fishy.stl
Articulated Dragonfly dragonfly_3_.stl
Record Player record_player_1_.stl


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