Introduction to the 3D printing technology

Fee: 400 €

Duration days / hours : 5 days / 20 hours

The training course can be funded by Erasmus+ KA1 programme (staff mobility).

The course allows those who have no experience in this sector to learn how to use the most popular 3D printers on the market for the creation of objects.

Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is now a consolidated reality in many professional sectors. It has revolutionised the manufacturing industry bringing on-demand production to a level of productivity never seen before. Furthermore, it has been noticed that the use of these technologies is aimed at supporting and amplifying the fundamental abilities of cognitive and mental processes. It is normal to think that 3D orienting could be used as a tool to improve the teaching-learning process.

The course will be carried out in blended mode with online lessons and other frontal lessons which will be specific laboratory hours in which prototypes will be made thanks to the instrumentation of the CEIPES laboratory.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to use the 3D printer independently.

The main objective of the course is the acquisition of skills and knowledge for the autonomous use of a 3D printer with FDM technology.

  • To understand the potential and limits of 3D printing
  • To learn to evaluate 3D models from the point of view of “manufacturability”
  •  To learn how to use a 3D printer
  • To learn the anatomy of the 3D printer
  • To understand the most common problems and solve them
  • To design and build your own three-dimensional product
  • To learn how to post produce your 3D prints
  • Teachers who intend to update and implement their CV

  • Students who intend to perfect their curriculum

  • Professionals who intend to update or convert their CV

  • Hobbyists interested in learning the use 3D printing

  • Designers, graphic designers, engineers, architects and so on..


  • Introduction to 3D printing
  • Overview of additive manufacturing technologies, differences with subtractive manufacturing technologies
  • Characteristics, limits and areas of use of the various 3D printing technologies (FDM, SLS, SLA, DLP, DLM, Polyjet)


  • Anatomy of the machinery, limits and potential
  • Loading and replacing print materials
  • How to search for a 3D model
  • Workflow of the digital manufacturing process from CAD to print
  • Introduction of slicing software


  • Illustration of an open-source slicing program
  • Print parameters: resolution, infill and shell, supports
  • Feasibility of printing the three-dimensional model and optimization
  • Optimization of materials
  • Solving the most common problems through open-source software


  • Development of a personal project
  • Printing tests


  • Print projects
  • Postproduction of the prints

Topics related to 3D modeling are also covered in the course, so that students learn to evaluate the manufacturability of files, whether they are downloaded from the network or whether they are the result of ad hoc design activities.

It is advisable to bring your own laptop or tablet, but it is not mandatory.

The stations will be fully equipped.

Consumables, 3D printing filaments and more will be provided by CEIPES as they are included in the registration fee.

The lenght and the contents of the programmes can be modified according to the needs, more details will be given to interested organizations. Certificate of attendance by CEIPES will be awarded. If within the Erasmus+ programme, an EUROPASS certificate of attendance and competence will be awarded.

The programme, on request and with an extracharge, may include Italian classes, cultural activities, organization of board and lodging.