The Plan

  • What types of 3D printing are there
  • How do I find 3D printable things
  • How do I create my own things

Different types of 3D Printing


A shape is hardened in a vat of resin by drawing out a profile using an ultraviolet laser layer by layer.

SLS - Selective Laser Sintering

The printer creates a bed of powder, a laser selectively melts together powdered material, then spreads more powder on top, repeating the process to build the part layer by layer.

Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) / Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)

A length of material is melted and pushed through a nozzle, the nozzle is moved around to draw out a layer.  The Nozzle is moved up one increment and the process is repeated.

Where can we find stuff?

Modern 3D printing has grown from a culture of sharing and remixing ideas.  There are a growing number of online libraries with a huge volume of downloadable items and projects.

Mini Apps

These apps have a very limited scope of what they can do, that makes them super fast and powerful for making the right thing.
  • Vases
  • Keyrings
  • Images


Convert sketches, images or logos into 3D printable files
1. Select an appropriate image
2. Upload it to the lithophane generator
3. Select the shape and settings


It provides an easy way to create complex 3D Printable models in your web browser. With a simple tweak of sliders, you can control the object's shape and select a 3D pattern that wraps around it.


CookieCaster lets you make cookie cutters for anything and everyone.  With a great tutorial and a super easy design process anyone can use it.

Tinkercad is an online cad tool. Built on a drag and drop process.
  • size them
  • align them
  • add them
  • subtract them.