Introduction to 3D Printing for Designers

Learn to create a functional working prototype

3D printed figures

Spring 2022 Dates (In-Person)
TDP 001: March 12 - April 23, 2022 (skips Apr 16)
Time: Every Saturday, 12:10pm - 4:10pm EDT
Tuition: $770* (cost includes a $50 materials fee)
Room: C313**
**Please read the requirements for attending on-campus courses here.

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Learn all 3D printing has to offer you and your business. In this certificate, you will learn the basics of CAD modeling, 3D print a model you’ve designed, overcome design constraints of rapid prototyping, and learn to identify which of the digital fabrication techniques best suits the needs of your designs. You’ll learn to incorporate digital fabrication resources into your work while maintaining realistic cost and time expectations for your projects.

This certificate is geared towards designers, makers, and DIY’ers from all industries.

*If you think you are eligible for the 10% Alumni Discount, please complete the Alumni Verification Form prior to registration in order to receive your discount code.

What You Will Learn3D printed objects

  • Learn to create models that meet the criteria of 3D printing
  • Identify different types of 3D printing methods
  • Learn the basics of multiple slicing softwares
  • Understand material advantages and disadvantages of various filaments
  • Know the potential of additive manufacturing vs. subtractive manufacturing
  • Access CAD resources outside the classroom

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Why FIT?

  • Classes taught by top industry experts
  • Earn a certificate from FIT, a world-renowned design school
  • Curriculum is designed to help you prepare a high quality portfolio showreel
  • Curriculum Designed by FIT's Creative Technology & Design (CT&D) subject area which is a leader in digital design education
  • Advanced pedagogy balancing practical knowledge and creative principles

Meet Our Faculty 

Muhammed Shahadat Muhammed Shahadat
Muhammed Shahadat has worked as a designer, lecturer, fabrication technician, and project designer for various industries in the U.S. before becoming a professor at FIT. His expertise is in 3D printing and digital fabrication, with a focus on both traditional and mass production approaches to design. Muhammed has a keen understating of the challenges in the rapid prototyping industry. His studies on emerging new technology has helped the college expand its services to help students create new concepts using a broader spectrum of materials. He frequently collaborates with designers and artists on multi-disciplinary projects, including in the fields of toy design, product design, fashion, and event design.


Course Introduction and Objectives / Understanding Digital Fabrication / Introduction into Parametric Modeling

  • Course introduction and objectives
  • Review of additive manufacturing vs traditional production techniques
  • Overview of 3D modeling industry
  • Introduction to 3D modeling: Choosing the right CAD program for your needs
  • Parametric modeling with CAD
  • Accessing SolidWorks

3D Modeling Basics / Making a Name Plate/Pendant

  • Introduction to 3D Printing methods
  • Parametric modeling basic operations: Extrusions, Revolves, and Cuts

CAD Virtual Modeling with Design Constraints for 3D Printing / Making a Chain

  • Designing prototypes while meeting 3D printing requirements
  • Parametric modeling basics: Sweeps and Patterning

3D Modeling / Making a Ring/Chess Piece / Overview of 3D Repositories / Modifying Open Source Files

  • Complex 3D modeling techniques
  • Accessing and Manipulating 3D repositories to create working prototypes

PrintFX Orientation / Slicing Software

  • Types of filaments and their demands on 3D modeling
  • Preparing files through slicing software
  • Cost and time analysis of 3D printing
  • Makerbot/Ultimaker operations
  • Submitting files to 3D print with multiple bodies  

Finishing Techniques / Advance 3D Modeling

  • Sanding and finishing choices for your models
  • A brief overview of more complex 3D modeling systems
  • Utilizing 3D printing solutions outside of the classroom

About the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS)

FIT's CCPS offers credit and noncredit certificates and courses in fashion, business, design, technology, and marketing, to help you enter into or advance your career in the fashion and related industries. With short programs and flexible schedules, you can learn at a time and pace you can manage and afford.