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Affordable and Fun Ways to Start Learning about 3D Printing in Brisbane and Abroad

Updated: Aug 6


I can't imagine learning about the wonder of 3D printing can be boring, but here are some recommendations for extra fun options for beginners that I enjoyed at the start of my journey: 1. Online Courses: I would recommend starting to learn a bit about 3D printing online so you can begin to get your head around the terminologies before trying to mingle with other 3D printing enthusiasts that might be more experienced. The 3D Printing Revolution course that is available on Coursera.org and taught by Aric Rindfleisch was the perfect start for me. Ideal for an absolute beginner - it covered everything from what 3D printing is, how 3D printers work and the types of objects you can make using the technology. What made it fun and exciting was the on-location interviews with a variety of 3D printing experts and hands-on exercises. It also got me super excited about the future of 3D printing and how it will revolutionize our world. Short on money? You can apply for Financial aid to study this course. If you would enjoy connecting with like-minded people in person, look out for the following options in your local city: 2. Local 3D Printing Meetup Groups Ever heard of Meetup.com? When you go to the website, you can choose what you are into and then join groups of people that are into that too. You will then stay informed of events where the members of the groups you joined will get together. I started attending my local city Brisbane's 3D printing meetups on February 10, 2016, and still attend to this day! The organisation Women in 3D Printing also have meetups globally where men and women are welcome to join. The mission of the organisation is to promote, support and inspire women using Additive Manufacturing technologies while encouraging more to do so. Attending Meetups is an excellent way to make friends in the industry :)

3. Local 3D Printing Workshops and Seminars Hackerspaces: Have a look and see if there is a Hackerspace in your area - it's a community workshop and maker collective where hobbyists, students, professionals and startups go to build their ideas. Often they have a collection of 3D printers and workshops too! If you are in Brisbane, you can look forward to learning from Stephanie Piper at one of the workshops she hosts at Hackerspace Brisbane. Eventbrite.com.au: Check the website Eventbrite.com.au for 3D printing workshops or seminars in your area. It's a great way to scope out your local 3D printing ecosystem! Do you have any other recommendations for fun ways to learn 3D printing or found this blog useful? Let me know in the comments below :)