Course Content
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
About Lesson

In this module, we will focus on FDM 3D printing, however for industrial applications other additive manufacturing technologies are more relevant. This could be due to print quality, material or geometry of an object.

FDM 3D Printing

In the following materials you will learn more about different additive
manufacturing methods, so you can argue why 3D printing is not just FDM
3D printing. However, the process before the actual 3D printing (3d
modelling and slicing) is similar in all technologies.


Watch this video on how to choose between different 3D printing technologies. What aspects of the presented technologies are related to sustainabiltiy?


Additional material can be found here::


Let’s start a conversation on Discord in the #-technologies

  • If you had to manufacture a) a dental prothesis b) a clamp for your workshop, which 3D printing technology would you choose and why? Judge the other students’ argumentation.
  • What aspects of the presented technologies are related to sustainabiltiy?
  • Please judge the presented technologies in relation to sustainability.
  • What do you think is the biggest opportunity with 3D Printing?
  • Where do you see weaknesses?