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Introduction to 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing


The focus of this module is centred around additive manufacturing. A term some would think is relatively new, however, the basic principle of what we know as additive manufacturing has been around since the dawn of time. In this course, we will explore the principles of additive manufacturing and the tools we have available to us today to design and produce using these methods. The specific focus of this course will be around the use of filament-based 3D printing, the setup process, software utilized and material options available.
  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    • Full Time: 2 Days (08:30 - 16:00)
    • Online: Course access for 12 Months
    • Part-Time: 2 Weeks (1 x evenings, 18:00-20:00 + 1 x Saturday, 08:00-15:00)
  • Course Prerequisites

    It is recommended that learners have a working knowledge of one or more of the following:

    • Attended Introduction to Technical Drawing / Experience with Drafting, design, modelling of 3D parts or components
    • Basic knowledge of Autodesk Fusion 360 would be beneficial
    • Computer Literate specifically focused on Microsoft Windows

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Our innovative "myWay” learning methodology is built around the students individual learning requirement, allowing each student to learn in a style that is most suitable for their skills set, knowledge and schedule.

Instructor-Led Classes

Reach your full potential through our “myWay Instructor-Led” classes combined with interactive lessons, supporting video content, practical assignments and in field experience, done during the traditional 08:00 – 16:00 working day.

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Important Notes

  • Students are to be at the training venue by 08h00 in preparation for a 08h30 start time.
  • The CAD Corporation retains the right to change this calendar without any notification.
  • Bookings are only confirmed upon receipt of the proof of payment or an official company purchase order for the full amount of the training.
  • For full day courses The CAD Corporation will supply you with the relevant training material. A desktop computer to use for the training (where applicable), tea/coffee and a full lunch for full day InClass training hosted at The CAD Corporation only. Catering is not included for OnSite training and laptop is available for hire at an additional cost if required.
  • Cancellation or rescheduling requests must be in writing and reach us via fax or email at least 5 (five) working days prior to the course commencement date. Full course fees may be retained for no shows or requests within 5 working days prior to commencement.
  • Although we go to great lengths to ensure that all training proceeds as scheduled, The CAD Corporation reserves the right to cancel or postpone dates if we require to do so and undertake to inform clients in writing and telephonically of these changes.
  • The CAD Corporation suggests clients wait until a week prior to course commencement that a course has been confirmed to go ahead as scheduled before booking flight and accommodation. The CAD Corporation is NOT responsible for cost associated with cancellation of classes such as flight and accommodation for clients.

Module 3

Introduction to 3D Printing

Students will be exposed to the use and application of additive manufacturing using 3D printers

  • Machine Operation, Servicing & Troubleshooting
  • Materials
  • The Printing Process


The basic principles of additive manufacturing

  • What is additive manufacturing
  • Global position and advancements in 3D printing


The 3D printer

  • Various types of printers available locally
  • Enclosed vs Open
  • The mechanic behind the machines
  • G-Code


Machine Setup and Maintenance

  • Preparing the machine for printing
    • Inserting / Removing filament
    • Cleaning the nozzle
    • Printing surface preparation
  • Printing bed adjustments
    • Bed levelling
    • Nozzle offset


Creating a basic design in Autodesk Fusion 360

  • Basic form visualization
  • Form/model Export


Utilizing external slicing software in preparation for 3D printing

Various 3D printers come with their manufacturer slicing software, which is recommended to use with the printer, however, these slicing software all utilize similar approaches to translate virtual geometry into code that can be understood by the 3D printer.

Here we will cover the following:

  • What is the purpose of slicing software
  • How 3D printers use the information from the slicer



  • Model setup within the slicing software
  • Temperatures, speeds, offsets and supports
  • Running a print and what to look out for
  • Print removal and cleaning
  • Campus
    Start Date
    End Date
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  • 15 April 2020
    16 April 2020
    In-Class,Instructor Led
  • 08 July 2020
    09 July 2020
    In-Class,Instructor Led
  • 07 October 2020
    08 October 2020
    In-Class,Instructor Led

Online Training Booking Form

By completing the below online booking, a booking confirmation will be sent out and an invoice will be generated. A place will be reserved on this course and you are expected to attend. If you require a quote first please contact The CAD Corporation offices and speak to a sales consultant.

Introduction to 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing

  1. By booking for this course, an invoice will be generated and you will be liable for the payment of this invoice. If you require a quote, please contact The CAD Corporation Offices.
  2. After the generation of the invoice a training confirmation will be emailed using the details provided above.
  3. The CAD Corporation retains the rights to change this calendar without any notification.
  4. Tea/coffee and a light lunch will be provided.
  5. All university students will receive a 10% discount for cash payments.
  6. The minimum notice of cancellation is 5 (five) working days prior to the course commencement date. If you fail to do so the full amount is payable.
  7. Students are to be at the training venue by 08h00 in preparation for a 08h30 start time.

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