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MatterHackers Introduction To 3D Printing and Design

Join MatterHackers for an interactive introduction to the world of 3D printing! In this Introduction To 3D Printing class, you will learn some history of 3D printing and why everyone is talking about it today, where to find free 3D-printable designs, available materials for desktop 3D printers, and how to prepare and print a model. A small class environment will allow personal attention from our pro instructor, who will guide you through your first experience with an easy to use 3D printer. Fun for adults and their young makers under 16.

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Overview:  MatterHackers Introduction To 3D Printing and Design
Length of Class:  2 Hours
Instructor:  Scott Cahoon
Location: MatterHackers Headquarters (Foothill Ranch, CA)
Prerequisites:  None
Materials Needed:  None


  • History of 3D Printing
  • Why 3D Printing?
  • Where to find free 3D printable designs
  • Required materials to make models and usable parts
  • Introduction to MatterControl 3D printing software
  • Create your own customized model using Tinkercad

Tuition Includes:

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

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.