The workshop will be about three hours in length, divided into the following segments:

  1. A lecture component covering Printing Difficult Parts: causes and fixes for some of the most common print failures, using both hardware and software tools. Included is a discussion of CAD tools for designing parts for 3D printing.
  2. A hands-on opportunity to prepare and print a “difficult to print” part, working in groups of two to apply the tools and techniques just covered to a design of their choosing.
  3. A lecture component detailing the mechanics of how printers function, printer maintenance, and debugging broken printers.
  4. A final segment will give attendees the opportunity to debug a broken MakerBot Replicator I 3D printer, using the information provided in the workshop. We provide the printer, tools, and guidance. This segment is most helpful for attendees with similar printer models, but may not be useful to all participants.

Prerequisites: This workshop is not for beginners wanting to learn the basics of how to use a printer. We will assume a basic understanding of the process of preparing and printing models, maintaining a level print bed, and loading/unloading filament. I will send out an email to participants before the workshop with some introductory material everyone should be familiar with so we can make the most of our time together.

Who can come: The workshop is designed for anyone working with 3D printers in a classroom setting. Due to liability restrictions at the University, we cannot allow students to attend the “hands-on-printer” portion of the workshop, and we are evaluating whether they can come for the first two hours. Check back for updates as we get closer.

Clock Hours: Three professional development clock hours can be obtained by attending this workshop, certified by the Puget Sound ESD, pending their review of our application. PSESD will charge $10 per person requesting clock hours credit. More details will be provided as we get closer.

To Register for the Workshop, fill out the survey and submit payment. Your spot will be reserved after I receive your payment.

Payment: Cash, check, and PayPal (credit/debit) are all accepted. To use PayPal, click the “Buy Now” button below. It will automatically add $25 to your cart for your workshop registration. The charge for clock hours will be paid directly to PSESD as a separate transaction and is not required to reserve your spot.

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Please make checks ($25) payable to WOOF3D with “Beyond the Basics Workshop” in the memo line and mail to,

University of Washington
Mechanical Engineering, Attn: Prof. Mark Ganter, WOOF3D
Stevens Way, Box 352600
Seattle, WA 98195

If you prefer to drop off your payment in person, please contact me.

More about the 3D Printing Club at the UW:

Questions? Contact Ben Weiss at benweiss at uw dot edu.



This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program under Grant No. DGE-1256082.