free resources to learn 3D Printing

What are some free resources to learn 3D Printing in 2023?

3D Printing skill is a must-have skill in 2023 for the manufacturing industry. It is also known as Additive manufacturing technology.

By using this technology even impossible shapes or designs can be manufactured that are not possible through conventional manufacturing methods.

If you are a 3D Designer or Engineer and interested in getting started in 3D Printing Technology for free in 2023, then check out the resources mentioned below:

Beginner’s Guide to FFF

This free course has been designed by Ultimaker and can be accessed for free on their academy portal.

The course recommends an Ultimaker 3D printer, but you can also go ahead with this course with any FDM 3D printer.

You will also find a few more free courses related to 3D printing on their portal, which you can enroll in and learn for free.

Here is a link to the course: Ultimaker Academy

3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Specialization

This complete specialization has been designed by The University of Illinois, and you access this course for free on Coursera.

The complete specialization has been divided into six courses or each 6 weeks longer.

By taking this course you will learn everything about 3D printing or Additive manufacturing from beginner to intermediate level.

Also, if you are interested in getting a certification you can also get a certificate by paying Coursera.

I also started my journey in 3D printing and 3D modeling by taking courses on Coursera, and this course guided me well to explore this technology and sparked my interest in it.

Additive Manufacturing Architecture

This is one of the free courses on 3D printing/Additive manufacturing where you will receive certification as well on completion.

This course is hosted on Alison, a free online course platform and the course has been designed and prepared by NPTEL, an Online Learning Initiatives by IITs and IISc.

This course is divided into three Modules and will take around 4 hours to complete.

3D Printing Blogs & Websites

Apart from the above resources, you can also explore other websites and forums like:

  1. 3D Printing News
  2. 3D Printing Industry
  3. 3D Printing Forum
  4. 3D Printing Reddit: Subreddit dedicated to 3D printing.

3D Printing Books (Paid)

We can also refer to some amazing books written by experienced professionals across this industry:

  1. 3D Printing For Dummies: By Richard Horne and  Kalani Kirk Hausman
  2. 3D Printing: The Next Technology Gold Rush – Future Factories and How to Capitalize on Distributed Manufacturing (3D Printing for Entrepreneurs): By Christopher D. Winnan
  3. 3D Printing 101: The Ultimate Beginners Guide (3D Printing | Introduction, Troubleshooting & Ideas): By Johannes Wild

Apart from the above resources, if you know of any more free resources you can suggest them below, and I will add your suggestion to this article after review.


Prashant Kumar

Freelancer CAD designer | Mechanical engineer | Expert in AutoCAD, Solidworks & Fusion 360 | 3D printing enthusiast | Blogger

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