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3-D Printing: How and Why (Tuesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm)  

This hands-on course will examine the history of 3D printing and its current applications in medicine, industry, art and everyday life--from printers that reside in garages and classrooms to those used on the International Space Station. Participants will learn to download printable files as well as use simple web-based software that will enable them to produce 3D prints of their own. As part of this course, everyone will create a digital 3D model and have it printed at no charge using printers available at FSU. We will also be looking at the wide variety of printers and materials available on the market, with physical 3D-printed examples of each one to aid in understanding the differences. No previous experience is necessary, and every effort is made to spend as much one-on-one time, where necessary, to enable even those who suffer from “computer phobia” to find the information provided in the course digestible and understandable. Class size limit: 15.

NOTE: Since the course is taught in a progressive manner, where each session builds upon the previous one, missing a day is not advisable.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
636 West Call Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306
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