3D Printing 101 | The Ultimate Beginner's Guide

person icon M.Eng. Johannes Wild

3D Printing 101 | The Ultimate Beginner's Guide

A Hard- & Software All-in-One created by an engineer. Designed for an instant start into the world of 3D printing!

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

language icon Language - English

person icon M.Eng. Johannes Wild

architecture icon Mechanical Engineering,Engineering,Teaching & Academics


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Course Description

Learn 3D Printing from an Engineer | The Practical Guide for Beginners

Are you interested in 3D printing and looking for a practical and compact entry-level course, but don't feel like reading or searching for information? 

Then this course is well suited for you! In this workshop you will learn all the basics you need to know in order to operate a 3D printer and create your own 3D printed objects. Start now with this professional, descriptive and step-by-step 3D printing tutorial, made by an engineer!

Benefits of this Workshop at a Glance: 

  • Step-by-step explanations for using hardware and software. 

  • Learn all the basics of 3D printing with the guidance of an engineer and experienced user. Get started quickly and easily.

  • Easy to understand explanations of the topic. Ideal for beginners and intermediates.

  • Nowadays, 3D printers are also affordable for home users! This workshop includes a purchase guide to get you started with 3D printing at an affordable price (less than 400-600$).

  • Comprehensible and thus straight to the point: Total running time approx. 80 minutes

FAQ's about the course:

What do I learn in 3D Printing 101?

The workshop includes everything you need to know to get started in the world of FDM 3D printing and its applications. From a purchase advice to how to use the necessary software and a 3D printer. There are also chapters on materials, troubleshooting and 3D scanning waiting for you. All necessary hardware and software for 3D printing will be presented step by step and explained by printing examples (free of charge).

What do I need for the 3D printing course and how long does it take?

The workshop has a total duration of about 80 minutes (divided into several individual lessons). Of course, you are free to choose which chapters you want to watch at what time and you can also pause at any time. Ideally, you will need your own 3D printer for the workshop. A purchase advice is included in the workshop. If you do not want to buy one, alternatives are also shown (external providers). You could also use a Makerspace´s 3D Printer nearby. In this case you will also benefit from the content of this course.

How much does a 3D printer cost?

High quality 3D printers for home use are available starting at around $ 500. So 3D printing does not have to be expensive. The general price range for FDM 3D printers is approximately $ 400 - 5000.

Is the tutorial only for 3D printing beginners?

This course is generally designed for anyone interested in 3D printing or in general technology. No matter whether only for information purposes about the technology or for the application and implementation of own models. All processes are explained in detail and are presented in a way that is easy to understand. This course is also ideal for inventors, engineers, architects, artists, students, teenagers, etc.

Who will show me the 3D printing basics in this course?

The 3D printing course is taught by an engineer and experienced user in the field of 3D printing.

Is learning to 3D print difficult?

3D printing is certainly a complex subject, as the use of software and hardware must be learned. Without help, you can lose track of what's important to achieve good results. However, with this 3D printing tutorial you have all the information at your fingertips and thus always have a clear view. 

Do I also learn to design my own objects?

The topic of CAD designing will be addressed very shortly in this workshop. This means that design software is presented. The process of designing itself, on the other hand, is not taught, as this would go beyond the scope of the workshop. 

What can I do with a 3D printer anyway?

You have the possibility to download and print numerous (100.000+) great objects from so-called content platforms for free. A lot of useuful and functional items for your household, toys for kids, gifts for friends and other spectacular things. As a first inspiration you are welcome to watch the trailer of the workshop.

As you can see, 3D Printing is a somewhat sophisticated technology. 

Let´s get started, enroll to 3D Printing 101 now and welcome the future!


What will you learn in this course:

  • Print cool objects: Step by step from the file to the finished object
  • 3D printer purchase advice (including tips for low cost models)
  • Practice: Using your own FDM 3D printer
  • Basic settings for a FDM 3D printer
  • Working with software for 3D printing: Slicing Software (Cura) and Editing software (Meshmixer)
  • Theory: What you need to know about 3D printing in general
  • Filaments and Materials
  • 3D scanning: professional products and a cost-effective method for home use
  • Advanced settings for the slicing software (Cura)
  • 3D printing of more complex objects and introduction to special functions


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • No requirements: Everything is explained step by step.
  • 3D printer not absolutely necessary, but if you want to buy one there is a purchase advice in the course.
3D Printing 101 | The Ultimate Beginner's Guide


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Intro & Motivation
2 Lectures
  • play icon Intro: What do you learn in this course and what equipment do you need? 02:54 02:54
  • play icon Motivation: Awesome 3D printing examples 03:47 03:47
3D Printing Basics (Hardware)
4 Lectures
3D Printing Software
5 Lectures
Step-by-step slicing and 3D printing of examples
4 Lectures
Filaments & Materials
1 Lectures
Maintenance and Troubleshooting
2 Lectures
3D Scanning
2 Lectures

Instructor Details

M.Eng. Johannes Wild

M.Eng. Johannes Wild

3d printing, fusion 360, cad, arduino, python, engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, electronics

As an engineer (M.Eng.) and 3D printing enthusiast, I want to spread technology by using a very practical and understandable way without a lot of technical jargon. Enroll to my courses and get to know a fascinating world!

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