3D Printing/Rapid Prototyping (short course)

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Why study this course?

This course is ideal for anyone with prior knowledge of 3D modelling who would like to take their designs further and into the world of 3D printing.

More about this course

Throughout the course you'll gain knowledge about the requirements for creating 3D content in different systems on the market and their specific design requirements for production.

You'll also gain an overview of the history of 3D printing and current and upcoming trends.

In addition, you'll have the opportunity to develop a design of your choice for production on one of our rapid-prototyping machines. This will consist of one smaller first prototype and a larger final model. We can offer:

  • SLS (Selective Laser Sintering)
  • Z Corp 3D printing
  • Envisiontec 3D printing
  • Makerbot 3D printers

We will also cover alternative approaches to content creation, such as 3D scanning.

We offer support for 3D Studio Max or Rhino in our CAD suite to develop your model for 3D printing. Please note that you can use software of your own choice – however, you'll have to bring your own laptop and this may affect the support we can offer.

Please note that this course will not teach 3D modelling software, but includes tips and tricks on how to prepare and optimise your files for 3D printing.

Topics covered on this course: 

  • introduction to 3D printing technologies
  • overview of software used to create 3D models for 3D printing
  • how to create valid 3D models for 3D printing and export options
  • overview of 3D scanning technologies
  • 3D file fixing, verification and software
  • live hinges and other click fit
  • producing your own 3D model choosing from one of four technologies (Envisiontec Perfactory, Z corp, SLS, Makerbot)

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • create 3D models suitable for 3D printing and understand the requirements (tolerances, properties of real-world objects) of different machines in use
  • produce your own creation on either one or two different 3D printers

This course is taught by Anatol Just.

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Who's this course for?

This course is suitable for designers, artists, fashion professionals, freelance engineers, students, hobbyists, sculptors, model makers and entrepreneurs. Please note that this course will not teach 3D modelling software, but includes tips and tricks on how to prepare and optimise your files for 3D printing. Knowledge of 3D modelling software use is required.

Course structure

The course will be taught as follows:

  • Introduction to 3D printing technologies, history and methodology
  • Setting personal design outcomes for your personal project

Lessons usually start with theoretical and also practical aspects of 3D printing. The remaining time will be used for one-to-one support for personal projects.

What our students say

"In my opinion the course was perfect. I learnt a lot of new things."

"A thoroughly worthwhile and enjoyable course led by an enthusiastic and professional instructor."

"Really enjoyed the whole course, very helpful and well taught!"

Course dates

Course Dates Autumn dates will be confirmed in August
Length One evening a week for 10 sessions
Day and time Tuesday, 6pm to 8.30pm
Maximum class size 10
Contact hours 25


A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of?Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

The course fee includes two?3D printed models (one of 50mm x 50mm x 50mm and one of 100mm x 100mm x 100mm).

Terms and conditions

Please read our?terms and conditions?before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.