3D Printing

Think Big, Print Bigger!

Education is the key to moving forward, and 3D printing is getting its own forms of teaching. Milan will be the home to a series of summer school sessions, teaching students how to design, model and print their own big 3D products.

The sessions are hosted by Milanese FabLab Opendot and the World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP) and have been organized with the intention of creating the perfect balance between theory and practical applications. This has been done by setting out a mixture of lectures and design activities as well as collective evaluative sessions, focusing on self-production of objects which are designed and printed in a large format.

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3D printers often limit the user to the build space the 3D printer possesses, which limits many down to only creating scale models of the big things they want to produce. Thankfully with the help of WASP printers, students will be able to print parts as big as a chair, working with a print volume of one cubic metre.

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This professional course, called campoBASE and help at BASE Milano, will be involving two top experts. Alessandro Ranellucci is a software creator and developer for the 3D printing program Slic3r, and will be explaining how to generate the G-code whilst teaching students how to manage the machinery that will print their work. Dario Pizzigoni, founder of TreeD filaments will also feature, and will be introducing students to the world of polymers whilst explaining the characteristics of materials and helping them decide which materials would be best to be used for printing. He will illustrate the results and demonstrate properties that can be achieved.

Other instructors include:

  • Enrico Bassi – from Opendot
  • Gianluca Pugliese – from Opendot
  • Massimo Moretti – from WASP
  • Nicola Schiavarelli – from WASP

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The objectives of the campoBASE are as follows:

– To acquire the theoretical and practical competencies regarding 3D printing at the present time and its possible future developments

– To know and understand the limits and the potential of 3D BIG printing, to learn how to print and how to obtain the best possible results

– To learn how to design, set and manage the printers with an operational volume of one cubic meter

– To test a series of tips&tricks in the generation of 3D files and G-Codes that have been optimized for the machines

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It is hoped that professionals can make the most of this essential learning to take their business and profession that step further into the future, as 3D printing begins to make its mark on nearly every part of our lives.