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Rigid.ink opens a 3D printing course for beginners

Rigid.ink, a UK-based filament maker, has opened an online 3D printing course, the Institute of 3D Printingexclusive to its members.

According to rigid.ink, “If the course delivers all it promises, the 3D printing industry edges that little bit closer to the everyday man or woman. When learning really is made easy, the industry is no longer in the hands of big firms, professionals and hobbyists with the technological upper hand.” This is what the course hopes to achieve.

One of the course instructors. Image via The Institute of 3D Printing.
One of the course instructors. Image via The Institute of 3D Printing.

3D printing for beginners

Founded in 2014, rigid.ink makes a variety of 3D printing filaments, such as ABS, PLA, and PETG. The company has also been nominated for 2019 3D Printing Award.

In addition to making filament, rigid.ink also publishes ‘how-to’ and troubleshooting guides on its website. Taking this forward, rigid.ink has started a complete course for 3D printing novices. “There’s a ton of information out there, a lot of it confusing. And I think it’s this that’s keeping you from printing success,” said Ed Tyson, founder of rigid.ink. 

The Institute of 3D Printing course claims that it will take a complete novice from beginning to mastery of day to day use of 3D printing. 

The course teaches amateurs to solve some of the most common problems encountered in 3D printing, such as poor bed adhesion, bed leveling, blobbing, and stringing, among others. Furthermore, the course also introduces students to slicer software.

Furthermore, access to a community of experts ensures that students get the best of solutions as soon as possible. 

The appearance of blobs and zits, a common problem in 3D printing. Image via Simplify3D.
The appearance of blobs and zits, a common problem in 3D printing. Image via Simplify3D.

3D printing courses

As 3D printing become popular among the general public, the need to endow 3D printing enthusiasts and hobbyists with basic knowledge of the technology has become imminent.

Professor Joshua Pearce from Michigan Tech has taken a step in this direction by providing a free online course on open source 3D printing

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Featured image shows a 3D model printed with rigid.ink filament. Image via rigid.ink.

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