February 19, 2020


This workshop aims to overview the rapid growth in 3D printing (additive manufacturing), the current industry and its future projections. The presentation will be focused on creative art and design while also elaborating on other uses of 3D printing by demonstrating how 3D printing works, the various types of 3D printing processes available, their benefits and limitations, CAD design and available materials.

This two-day workshop program will immerse you in creative studies covering all aspects of 3D modelling and printing and how these processes can be applied to a create an object out of thin air.

The workshop will be split into 4 key learning areas:

Step 1: Converting an idea into a 3D model:

Using either CAD (computer aided design) programs, a 3D scanner or sourcing a model, we will demonstrate how to turn your creative idea into a computational 3D model.

Step 2: 3D Model to Slicing Software:

Once you have your 3D model, we will show you the how to convert this into an STL or OBJ file and manipulate the scale, orientation and placement.

Step 3: Slicing Software:

We will demonstrate how a 3D printer reads a model and the settings you need to change (as a designer) to benefit you. This step is the difference between a successful print and a failed print. We will walk you through the terminology and how it changes the model.

Step 4: Printing and Post Processing:

Once the print and print bed has cooled the part will need to be removed, Supports and rafts used during the printing process will need to be carefully removed. Finishing becomes very important for this part of the process be it sanding or using acetone vapours the process depends on which filament was used and what the intended purpose of the part is.


  • Learn about the history of 3D printing; where it started and where its going

  • Learn about how 3D printing can be applied to the creative arts industry to produce something that has never been done before

  • Learn about the various types of 3D printing (FDM, SLA, SLS, POLYJET), the advantages/disadvantages, the materials and what industries are currently using what form

  • Learn about where to source pre-designed models

  • Learn about how to 3D model for 3D printing and the criteria to produce a good design.

  • Learn how to manipulate a model to suit your needs

  • Learn the slicing software, the abundance of modifiable settings and what they mean

  • Learn the components of an FDM printer, how it works, how to set it up correctly and how to print safely

  • Learn how to post-process your model to achieve the finish you desire.

  • Take home a FREE 3D-PRINTED item which only be manufactured using 3D printing

  • Take home 6 months of hardware and software support from the experts


Bring their own laptop with free trial of Rhino 3D installed
Design ideas/sketches for their first 3D model


Saturday 7 + Sunday 8, March
9am – 4.00pm
Courthouse Gallery + Studio
16 Edgar Street, Port Hedland

3D Modelling, 3D Printing, Bootcamp, Education, Learn, Workshop