Mastering 3D Printing

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3D Printing Software and Resources

It is an open-source 3D printing prep software that "slices" the 3D models into layers that then can be printed out by a 3D printer. It has pre-configured settings for many 3D printers that are currently available. It also has advanced settings that users can adjust in order to successfully print their designs.

CLICK HERE to download Cura*

*The printer to set up in Cura is Monoprice Select Mini V2

It is a free web-based 3D modeling tool that is great for those who are starting out in 3D printing. The interface is simple and the models can be easily manipulated. It also has guided lessons and projects that helps the beginner quickly design something from scratch that can then be easily imported to a 3D prep software

CLICK HERE to acess TinkerCAD*

*The Tinkercad's username and password can also be used for Fusion 360

Fusion 360

It is an advanced 3D modeling software that is used by both amateurs and professional alike. It has more editing tools than TinkerCAD and has useful features like determining structural weaknesses in models. Fusion 360 is free for three years for students.

CLICK HERE to download Fusion 360

Autodesk, the developer of Fusion 360 and Tinkercad, offers its own online tutorials that are targeted to beginners and more advanced users alike.

CLICK HERE to view the Getting Started in Fusion 360 online tutorial series from Autodesk

CLICK HERE to learn how to reduce faces in models (this is needed in order to import models that are otherwise too large/complex for Tinkercad)

It offers useful online Tinkercad and Fusion 360 video tutorials that show learners how to use the wide array of tools and features in the software. And it can be access for free for library card holders!

CLICK HERE to access through the Fresno County Library

CLICK HERE to view the Tinkercad courses that are available on

CLICK HERE to view the Fusion 360 courses that are available on

Guides and Resources

CLICK HERE to learn how to optimize supports through modifying Cura print settings.

CLICK HERE to read about emissions produced by 3D printing.

3D Printing Supplies

CLICK HERE to view the Amazon shopping list