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Troubleshooting and 3D Printing Beyond PLA

The perfect next step for graduates of our introductory 3D printing class, or for anyone who wants to move beyond downloading digital designs and take steps towards printing with more complex materials. Having your own 3D printer is not required, but this is a class for those with some 3D printing experience.

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In this class you will discover the advanced capabilities of MatterControl, and how to leverage this functionality to improve the design and printability of complex models.  By the end of the class, you will understand how to prepare a design for print and know the best practices for successful printing.

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Overview: Troubleshooting and 3D Printing Beyond PLA
Class length:  2 Hours
Instructor:  Scott Cahoon
Location: MatterHackers Headquarters (Foothill Ranch, CA)
Prerequisites:  Basic knowledge and experience with 3D printing OR completion of MatterHackers Introduction to 3D Printing and Design
Materials needed:  None


  • Historical perspective of additive manufacturing and the positioning of fused filament fabrication
  • Understanding geometry and shapes
  • Part complexity and simplicity for printing
  • Filament comparisons
  • MatterControl Basic and Advanced settings
  • Best practices to increase successful printing results
  • Troubleshooting failed prints

Tuition Includes:

  • 3D Printing With MatterControl Book ($39.99 value)
  • Image Converter Plug-in for MatterControl ($15 value)
  • Your customized 3D printable files

Registration: Once you purchase the class online, registration confirmation and class instructions will be sent to the email address provided at purchase.   PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL!

Young Person Registration:  CALL OR EMAIL US if you want to add a young person to your adult ticket at a discounted price.

Policies: Emergency cancellations will be honored up to 24 hours in advance.  In the unlikely event that MatterHackers should cancel a class, a full refund will appear on your next credit card statement.

Instructor Bio:  Scott Cahoon is a Senior Design Engineer at MatterHackers and spends his days dreaming in 3D.  His specialties include creative design, systems analysis, prototyping, FDM/FFF, SLA, and SLS 3D printing.  Before MatterHackers, people kept bugging Scott to “make me stuff” so he founded his own 3D printed product design company, Outer Banks Lights, as lead designer.  He has also done industrial and mechanical design for SLA printers at FSL3D. Scott is an active participant in the quest to bring microfactory and additive manufacturing technologies to the creative end user.