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2. How to get started with 3D Printing?
In this section we will cover an introduction to 3D printing technology and you will get started with your first 3D print. 3D printing is an additive manufacturing technology that allows for the creation of physical objects from digital designs. It works by layering material, typically plastic, to build up a three-dimensional object. The process starts with creating a 3D model using computer-aided design (CAD) software, using a slicer-software to slice the 3D-model into its individual layers and then sending the file to the 3D printer where it is brought to life through the layering process, which is similar to using a hot glue gun. This technology is about to revolutionize the way products are designed and manufactured, providing new opportunities for innovation and customization. It also offers many benefits, including faster prototyping, reduced waste, and the ability to produce complex and intricate designs that would be difficult or impossible to produce through traditional manufacturing methods. You will learn the basics about this in this lesson.
3. Why is sustainability important?
In this section we will deep dive into the topic of sustainability. Our first focus is on why is sustainability important at all. After that we look at different ways in which 3D printing itself can contribute to a more sustainable future.
4. 3D Printing is not rocket science
In this section you will learn about how 3D printing developed over the past years. After completion you will also know different additive manufacturing technologies.
5. How to include sustainability in your 3D-printing process?
6.2. How to get a 3D model in other ways?
In this topic we will cover other ways to get a 3D model.
6.3. How to create a 3D model with sustainability in mind?
8. How to 3D print?
10. Your Sustainable 3D-Printing Project
Resource-efficient 3D Printing
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Another way to get a 3D model is using the maker community online.

A lot of makers around the world share their 3D printing projects, so others can re-print it, adjust it and make it their own. Often these projects can serve as an inspiration on how to solve a specific problem. Especially if you are looking for spare parts for a repair, give it a try before trying to 3d model it yourself.

But be aware: not all files are licensed to be adjusted or to be used commerically.

One of the biggest platforms is Thingiverse. Here you can look for the most popular projects, search for a specific topic and see final products other makers have created.

  • Think about something that you need a repair for. Can you find a spare part on Thingiverse? Share the piece on Discord, what was your experience?
  • Have a look around on Thingiverse, to see if you find something of interest.
  • If you want to download a file, click Download all and save the file on your PC.

However, platforms like Yeggi  or Thangs offer a great amount of free 3D models as well.

Feel free to share your models and makes on these platforms!