3D Design Fundamentals

Date(s) - 12/13/2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



3D printed cars, homes, prosthetic hands, food, International Space Station tools, and almost anything imagined is now mainstream. 3D printing seems to have taken over the world and 3D printers are now affordable for many consumers. However, basic 3D design principles tend to be neglected, especially in library makerspaces. 3D printing objects work well only when one follows basic fundamentals of 3D design. In this webinar:

– Understand 3D printing and how it works.
– Discover a variety of free 3D design applications and repositories.
– Learn basic 3D design fundamentals (e.g., understanding 3D space and geometry, modeling, surfaces, textures, and rendering images).
– Gain hands-on experience designing a 3D object that can be 3D printed.

It is recommended attendees create a Tinkercad (https://www.tinkercad.com/) account before this workshop.

Register here for the live webinar or to have early access to the recording when it becomes available – all in this place! No need to register in a separate place for recording access.

Biography ~ Chad Mairn

Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. In October 2015, the Innovation Lab received a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Walt Disney Company in collaboration with ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children to expand their successful Maker Boot Camp series that helps “promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14.” Imagination and originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication and self-expression, collaboration, and motivation are the critical components of creativity that the Maker Boot Camp has integrated into their curriculum (https://youtu.be/kO3_NRWHZ9E).

While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Much of Chad’s recent interests have focused around mobile and emerging technologies. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. Chad also plays drums in two bands, Fowler’s Bluff and Low Season, and he also organizes Pinellas Comic and Maker Con, which is held each year at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus.


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