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So You Bought a 3D Printer, Now What? Getting the Most From a New 3D Printer

Michael Cohen Chess - Coding - 3D Printing Teacher
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(508)
A new 3D printer is a maker's dream come true. During this FLEX class we will learn how to setup a new 3D printer, explore computer aided design CAD, share successful 3D prints & learn to troubleshoot common 3D printer problems. #creative

Class experience

4 lessons//4 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
We discuss how to get your printer calibrated and ready to print.
Topics will include: Levelling the 3D printer bed Loading filament(harder than it looks) Surprising 3D printer supplies. Hint: Purple glue sticks are one of them! The perfect first 3D printer models and calibration tools Introduction to the Cura slicing tool
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Your first “Real” 3D prints
Print In Place Models(Flexi-Rex & Fidget Cubes) The best Sites to find free 3D models to print Introduction to Tinkercad Free Computer Aided Design software Advanced Cura Settings
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Vase mode and advanced Cura Settings
Advanced Tinkercad designs. Design, build and print your own fidget spinner Experimental Cura Settings: Coasting, Spiralize Outer Contour, Fuzzy Mode Vase Mode 3D prints(The secret to printing large models, fast)
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Lithophanes, advanced supports and more!
More Cura Settings(Layer size, speed) Lithophanes(You can 3D print photos!) Sectioning large models into smaller prints Tree mode supports Student model showcase
I have been 3D printing both in my middle school classroom and at home for nearly 10 years. My biggest challenge and experience came in the the Spring of 2020 when, like many, I felt powerless when it came to the Covid-19 Pandemic and wanted to find a way to help. When I saw on the news that PPE, especially face shields, were in short supply I found my calling. I worked with a group of fellow teachers to bring the 3D printers sitting dormant in our local schools to our houses to create our own “printer farms” capable of printing in mass quantities these desperately needed supplies. With 10 3D printers running in my office and the help of several students, we 3D printed and donated over 3500 face shields to nurses and doctors in need throughout the United States. This experience truly taught me the power that a group of makers can have to change the world. 
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(508)
If it's tech, I teach it. As long as I can remember computers and electronics of all kind were my passion. From my first computer, a Commodore 64 with 64k RAM to my current gaming/coding laptop, I have always been enthralled by the creativity and... 
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weekly or $60 for all content
4 pre-recorded lessons
4 weeks of teacher feedback
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1 year of access to the content

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Ages: 9-14

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