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

Webinar: My Mini Factory CEO Interview

  Meet founder and CEO Romain Kidd of My Mini Factory, the world’s leading curated social platform for 3D Printable objects. The platform features tens of thousands of 3D designs ready for [...]

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Webinar: The Maker Movement in Education

3D Printing Profs has released a new webinar, and we are ready to learn about education. Find out what One Foundation, also known as Infosys Foundation USA, is doing to spread maker education across A[...]

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Learner of the Week: Vostrov Nikita Vladimirovich

Where are you from? Russia, Tver What’s your current occupation? I’m a physicist and an engineer. My speciality is magneto-thermal properties of rare earth metals and their compounds. I[...]

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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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