3D Printing and Laser Cutting for Prototyping and Model Making - Nottingham Trent University



On this course you’ll gain a hands-on experience of 3D printing and laser cutting processes, with opportunities to explore materials and see how the equipment works and develop a personal project.

You’ll learn about model-making and how these digital technologies are being used to enhance physical prototyping and visual presentation techniques.

Artists and designers of all backgrounds use 3D printing and laser cutting to create models and parts, from simple forms to detailed working prototypes.

It's ideal for anyone interested in product design, architecture, crafts, and the visual arts.

The course will introduce you to new techniques commonly needed for the evolving world of model-making and prototyping.

These technologies are a quick and affordable means to produce one-off items.

There’ll be demonstrations and practical activities to help you experiment with these fascinating technologies.

On this course, you will:

- use simple materials to create 3D ‘sketch models’ of your ideas
- be introduced to design software including SketchUp, AutoCAD and TinkerCAD
- explore the different stages of 3D printing and the most appropriate materials to use
turn your designs into real results with 3D printers or laser cutters
- focus on the use of laser cutting to gain an overview of water-jet/plasma cutting and CNC milling
- explore which methods are most appropriate to produce models, objects or parts
- experiment with plastics, manufactured board, cards and fabric
- learn about materials and processes that you might want to explore further after the course.

With support from the tutor, you’ll research a project of your choice based on your own ideas.

This could be a project that you’re already working on, or something that you’re itching to make a reality.

All the materials will be supplied.

What will I gain?

You’ll leave the course with an overview of 3D printing and laser cutting, a project either completed or in development, and an understanding of how the technology can be used in your work.

You’ll have lots of new skills in the craft of model-making and leave with physical and digital models.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirements: A basic knowledge of 2D or 3D CAD software is useful but not essential.

Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment on the City Campus.

You'll be able to work with our large and small format laser cutting machines to progress your designs in a range of materials.

You'll receive training and advice on how to fully utilise fantastic pieces of 3D printing equipment.

You’ll also spend time working in our spacious IT suites equipped with industry standard software including SketchUp, AutoCAD and TinkerCAD.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative class size: 8


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6 weeks (6:00pm to 8:30pm)

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