The rise of consumer-level 3D printing brings many opportunities and some challenges. 3D printing can produce functional parts, but limitations of the technology mean that designers must account for these constraints early in the design process. In this class we will spend some time understanding exactly how these printers work, with a particular emphasis on how a 3D design is translated into actual toolpaths. Based on this, we will be able to understand how to manage particular issues that affect printability and strength of parts, such as overhangs, wall thickness, filament orientation, and so on. Designers will be able to successfully create parts that are both functional and good-looking. The class will include an overview of relevant software tools from Autodesk, Inc., and other companies. In addition to these topics, the 2014 session will address developments in consumer 3D printing, including new printing technologies, soluble support materials, and articulated joints.
- Learn how to design functional and attractive parts for 3D printing
- Learn how to assess designs for ease of printing and post-processing
- Gain familiarity with software for 3D printing
- Understand how consumer-level 3D printers work
Gian Pablo Villamil has deep experience in the emerging field of consumer 3D printing, and is an active maker and artist. At Autodesk, he is in charge of ensuring that the consumer focused design and fabrication tools allows non-professional users to easily realize their visions.He has worked extensively with consumer 3D printing technology since its inception, starting with the RepRap project and continuing with Makerbot and other startup companies in this space.Prior to joining Autodesk, Gian Pablo has worked on multiple projects involving the integration of design, fabrication and electronics. These include the Bay Lights, art installations for the Sundance Film Festival, and exhibits at the Exploratorium.He has a long career in consulting and strategic management for the technology industry, having spent 16 years in leadership positions in management consulting and network equipment.