The Complete Practical Guide to FDM 3D Printing

Learn the step-by-step procedure to 3D print using a Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printer.
The Complete Practical Guide to FDM 3D Printing
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1.09 GB
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1h 42m



Tayseer Almattar


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The Complete Practical Guide to FDM 3D Printing

What you’ll learn

Understand the history and principle of operation for FDM 3D Printers
Be able to identify the common parts of a desktop FDM 3D Printer and their functions
Understand the overall journey of 3D printing an object from the CAD software to having a printed object
Be able to use the Cura Slicer software to generate the g-Code for printing
Understand the major design considerations to account for when printing with a desktop FDM 3D Printer
Understand the major considerations for purchasing a desktop FDM 3D Printer

The Complete Practical Guide to FDM 3D Printing


No prior experience is required for this course.


Starting from nothing, this course will prepare you to use your own Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D Printer. Course SummarySince 2010, there has been a noticeable rise in consumer-level desktop 3D Printers’ availability utilizing the Fused Deposition Modeling – FDM 3D Printing technology. Today, finding a desktop 3D Printer is becoming an expectation in every university, maker space, and community innovation center. They are also becoming widely available at very affordable prices that are as low as USD 200. This course dives deeper into the topic of FDM desktop 3D Printers. It covers the technology background, how to use an FDM 3D Printer, how to use the slicer software, the design considerations for printing with an FDM 3D Printer, and key considerations for purchasing a desktop FDM 3D Printer.According to Emerge Research, the desktop 3D Pinter market size is expected to be worth USD 5,129.00 million by 2027.Breakdown of the covered topics in this course: What is Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D Printing and its historyThe common parts of a desktop FDM 3D PrinterThe journey to 3D Print apart from CAD to 3D printingThe major settings for a 3D model from a CAD software for 3D PrintingHow to use the Ultimaker Cura slicer software to generate the G-codeHow to export the G-code from the slider to the 3D PrinterHow to extract the 3D print from the 3D PrinterThe common post-printing processesThe major design considerations for printing with FDMThe major considerations for purchasing a desktop FDM 3D Printer3D Printing Trends – Why Should you Learn 3D Printing?As recently as 2016, the Global 3D Printing market was at about 8.3 billion US dollars. This number doubled by 2020, reaching 16 billion dollars, and is expected to reach 40 billion dollars by 2024. This growth is only expected to increase as the different 3D Printing technologies keep maturing. In addition to the growing market size, 3D Printing is expected to disrupt and transform many industries ranging from traditional manufacturing, supply chain, oil and gas, film and television, construction, fashion, aerospace, jewelry, medicine, and education.The application of 3D Printing across sectors is expected to cut costs, produce lighter parts, increase manufacturing efficiency, innovate better and faster, and design and produce more complex objects. All this will radically improve many of our current practices and unlock future possibilities. With all this, getting familiar with 3D Printing and its landscape in terms of both applications and potential is becoming essential. This will allow you to capitalize on the 3D Printing technology to add value to your projects and business.— Frequently Asked Questions — What is FDM 3D Printing?FDM stands for Fused Deposition Modeling. Another similar technology is Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). Both are common 3D Printing technologies widely available at the consumer level. They work by melting and depositing thermoplastic on specific arrangements to form your design. You can think of it as an auto-moving hot glue gun.How does FDM 3D Printing work?FDM 3D Printing works by melting thermoplastics through a hot nozzle, then arranging that melting plastic layer by layer to form a solid part. The movements of the 3D Printer forming the final part are governed by code that is generally referred to as G-code. G-code can be automatically generated using slicer software.What are common FDM printing materials?All FDM 3D Printers work by melting thermoplastics. Thus, plastics are the most common materials. More specifically, PLA and ABS plastics. However, the types of printable materials are increasing over time as the field develops further. Newer, less common materials include flexible TPU and many different composites.


Section 1: Introduction

Lecture 1 The Goal of the Course

Lecture 2 Instructor Intro – Tayseer

Lecture 3 Instructor Intro – Gallon

Lecture 4 Fussed Deposition Modeling (FDM) – Tech Overview

Lecture 5 What Makes an FDM 3D Printer?

Section 2: Model Preparation!

Lecture 6 The 3D Printing Journey!

Lecture 7 Preparing your 3D Model for Printing

Lecture 8 Exporting from CAD

Section 3: Slicers and Slicing

Lecture 9 Intro to Slicer Software

Lecture 10 Some Common Slicer Software

Lecture 11 Getting Ultimaker Cura

Lecture 12 Setting up A Printing Job

Section 4: Printing and Post Printing

Lecture 13 Code to Printing

Lecture 14 Monitoring and Extracting

Lecture 15 Post-Printing

Lecture 16 Celebration Time!

Section 5: Design and Other Consideration

Lecture 17 Section Intro

Lecture 18 Design and Printing Consideration

Lecture 19 Support Materials and Structures

Lecture 20 PVA Support

Lecture 21 Repositories and Marketplaces

Lecture 22 More on Repositories and Marketplaces

Lecture 23 Design Considerations – Conclusion

Section 6: Buying an FDM 3D Printer

Lecture 24 Section Intro

Lecture 25 Should you Buy a 3D Printer?

Lecture 26 Considerations for Buying an FDM 3D Printer

Lecture 27 After Buying an FDM 3D Printer!

Lecture 28 Section Conclusion

Section 7: Course Conclusions

Lecture 29 Party Time

Lecture 30 Bonus Lecture!

Makers,Designers,Product Developers,Small Business Owners,People curious about 3D Printing

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Udemy | English | 1h 42m | 1.09 GB
Created by: Tayseer Almattar

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