Turn Your Ideas into Objects with 3D Printing

Online courses in 3D Printing brought to you by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Illinois MakerLab, Autodesk and Ultimaker

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Turn your ideas into Objects

3D printing revolution

Learn how 3D printers work, show what people make with them, and examine the 3D printing ecosystem. Explore the future of 3D printing and discuss how this technology will revolutionize our world

3d printing applications

Learn how 3D printing is being applied in different businesses with focus on the special capabilities such as customization, self-assembly, and the ability to print complex objects. Examine how individuals are using this technology to create solutions to the problems they face.

3D Printing Software

Create digital designs that can be turned into physical objects. Learn how 3D scanners work to turn physical objects into digital designs. Learn sketchbook, Tinkercad and Fusion 360.

3d Printing hardware

Learn the history of desktop 3D printing, how 3D printers are made and how they work. Learn how to use and repair a 3D printer. Explore the different types of materials that can be 3D printed


Latest Updates for the course

Futuristic Valentine’s Day Gifts that You Can Print Today.

By Daniel J. Vázquez Islas I’m 3D Printing your gift, my love.  Typical Valentine’s Day gifts: a box of chocolates, a stuffed bear with a hearth, roses, and a Valentine’s Day card. It [...]

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How 3D Printing Enables Customization for Brands [Webinar]

3D Printing Profs is back with an all-new upcoming webinar: Creating 3D Customization for Brands & Retailers. Call it an early holiday present from us to you. 3D Printing is unlocking a whole new[...]

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Transforming Plastic Waste Into 3D Printer Filament [Webinar]

Join us as we chat with Jasper Middendorp  whose work at Reflow Filament includes transforming plastic waste into filament for 3D Printers, a way to bring 3D Printing closer to a zero waste future. [...]

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Learner Testimonials

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"I took this course out of curiosity, because I wanted to know how 3D printing works. Now after completing this course I feel that I have a solid base of knowledge about this technology. What. I loved the most about this course is your ability to deliver us with a wide range of expertise and interviews with the pioneers of the 3D printing world. That helped me to widen my views on the topic." Suleiman- A learner
"This course was like a small journey for me. You visited all those places, people and companies. Thank you for all this." Orestis - A learner
Thank you for a sharing your knowledge of 3D Printing. I hope to enroll in your other 3D Printing courses. Keep it up! Jerome-A Learner


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Meet the 3D Printing Professors

John M. Jones Professor of Marketing and Executive Director of the Illinois MakerLab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Aric Rindfleisch

Executive Director, MakerLab

Director, Illinois Makerlab and Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Vishal Sachdev

Director , MakerLab

Industrial Designer, sketcher, Design Education advocate. Fusion360 user, Sketchbook beta team, Wacom, SW user and Skateboarder. RIT ID alumni.

Jeff Smith

Program Manager, Autodesk

Community Manager/ Writer / Producer /

Matthew Griffin

Director Community-Ultimaker

Program Coordinator Illinois Informatics Institute and Adjunct Instructor-GSLIS

Jeff Ginger

Director - FabLab
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