3D Printing Quick Start Guide booklet

by jasonwebb, published

3D Printing Quick Start Guide booklet by jasonwebb Nov 14, 2012


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An informational booklet that can be printed and handed out to students and 3D-printer beginners to help them understand the basics of the 3D printing workflow and community.

The individual pages were designed in Photoshop, then put together into a booklet using InDesign.

I designed this booklet specifically for undergraduate Art students at my university, but using the source files you can easily modify the booklet to work for your workshop or institution.

Table of contents:

  • What is 3D printing?
  • How does it work?
  • What can I do with 3D printing?
  • Overview of the 3D printing workflow

The 3D printing workflow

  1. Get a 3D model for printing
    -- a. Downloading a model
    -- b. Designing your own model
  2. Preparing and slicing the model
  3. Printing the model on the Replicator
  • Finishing your prints
  • Resources for learning more
  • Inspirational people to watch


Print the booklet using InDesign
I prefer to print these booklets as 2-up saddle stitch booklets using InDesign. Print double-sided to create a compact booklet that can be folded and stapled. Follow the instructions here for more: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/indesign/cs/using/WSa285fff53dea4f8617383751001ea8cb3f-704ba.html

Print the booklet from PDF
After designing/tweaking the booklet in InDesign, you may not want to go through the hassle of working with it to print additional copies. Export a PDF in InDesign, then follow these instructions to print a booklet: http://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/kb/print-booklets-acrobat-reader.html

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We made this the official workbook of our 3D printer and design meetup at Freeside Atlanta. We couldn't print them fast enough. The blank notes section was a priceless addition for people sitting through the lectures and such.

Good work Jason, Thank for publishing this "Thing"

This is awesome.  Well articulated, beautiful, informative.  I especially like the infographic describing CAD programs.  PS. Thanks for the shout out.

What the...?! I'm not listed as a cool person to watch?!  

How can that be?!?!  ;-)

Nice job!

LoL. I hadn't seen that before!