3D Printers

If you’ve heard the hype around 3D printing, you may think that we’re in for a new boom in high-tech manufacturing, or that Star Trek-style replicators are on their way to becoming real any day now. 3D printing has connections to many other disciplines in Technology Education such as Drafting, Robotics and even Metalwork.

Make Magazine: So You’re a Teacher with a 3D Printer… Now What?


Williams Lake Tribune: 3D Printing: A School Learning Experience



Popular Drawing Software used in BC Schools

Autodesk Inventor – http://www.autodesk.com/products/inventor/overview

Autodesk 123 Design – http://www.123dapp.com/design

SketchUp – http://www.sketchup.com/

TinkerCad – https://www.tinkercad.com/

Popular Printing Software used in BC Schools

Cura – https://ultimaker.com/en/resources/manuals/software




Popular Printer Brands used in BC Schools

Afinia – http://afinia.com/

  • Popular Model: H480

XYZ Printing- http://us.xyzprinting.com/

  • Popular Model: DaVinci 1.0

MakerBot – https://www.makerbot.com/

  • Popular Model: Replicator+

PrintrBot – https://printrbot.com/

Tinkerine – http://tinkerine.com/

  • Popular Model: Ditto Pro

UltiMaker – https://ultimaker.com/

  • Popular Model: Ultimaker 2+

Additional Resources

Tom’s Guide

  • Tom has covered basically every aspect of 3D printing over the years. His videos are a great resource for anyone learning about 3D printing



Simplify3D Troubleshooting

  • This site shows images of just about every common 3D printing issue and includes troubleshooting tips to correct the issues


3D Hubs

  • Their main goal is to connects people wanting to rapid prototype a item with people who have 3D printers. Their Learn tab however is full of helpful information about 3D printings. They also have a 3D printer buyers guide at the bottom of their main page that rates a wide range of printers based on common testing.



SketchUp Tutorial – sketchup-intro