FabLab Palermo APS – Palermo – Italy
KA101 Mobility in Palermo
PIC: 934993865
Organization OID: E10176455

Course fee: 350€ – 5 days
Prerequisites: basic computer knowledge
Materials needed: laptop with mouse
Max number of partecipants per session: 12

Join us in Palermo for this KA1 course!

Course fee includes:

• Fablab Palermo laboratory visit
• Assistance with orientation in the city
• Wifi
• Administrative support: Europass, Mobility agreement, Certificates, Invoices, Invitation letter for the course
• Learning materials: pdf slides
• Catering during the course: Coffee, Cappuccino, tea, biscuits, water
• Use of filament 3D printers and materials within Fablab Palermo Laboratory

3D Printing is one of the several technologies of Digital Fabrication. Digital Fabrication is referred to the fabrication processes that involve a digital step, usually the creation of a digital design through CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software. The Digital Fabrication process also involves a following step that is the transformation of the digital design (2D o 3D) into a file that includes all the instructions needed by the machine chosen to create the physical output (Laser cutter, 3D printer, CNC router etc.). Depending on the technology involved, a subtractive or an additive manufacturing process will take place.
3D printing is a typical example of an additive process.
There are many 3D printing technologies, depending on how the physical model is actually created. The most used, especially in schools and small laboratories, are filament 3D printing (FFF or FDM) and resin 3D printing (SLA or MSLA). Both technologies create physical objects adding material layer by layer. Using filament 3D printing, the material of each layer is added by “fused filament deposition”, that means that a thermoplastic filament is constantly fused and deposited to create the layer.

Benefits of 3D printing in schools
3D printing is used in many fields of research, industry and craftsman as is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to create a physical version of complex designs starting from a digital file.
3D printing is now an established technology even in schools, due to the huge impulse that it can give to creativity and to the outstanding power of catching the students attention. Starting from a concept idea, the whole process of designing and creating a physical object involving 3D printing gives a great opportunity to teachers and students to address many topics, including math, geometry, problem-solving, engineering, technology and teamwork. Moreover, the design itself can be related to other topics, such as chemistry, arts, geography and even history.
Finally, 3D printing can be easily related to other STEAM activities, such as Robotics.

Course overview
The course is dedicated to learning the first notions for 3D printing, the basics of 3D modeling, the materials to be used and which techniques to adopt to avoid the most common mistakes. After having learned to create 3D digital models and to manage the printing software for the generation of the “g-code”, each participant directly puts their hand on the 3D printer. The aim is to make the course participants be able to use a 3D printer to print their projects independently, learning to insert the filament, calibrate the printing bed, and navigate the printer’s menus. The course involves the use of filament 3D printers (FDM or FFF).

Course Methodology
After the first introductory modules, all the course is designed to work through the “learning by doing” approach, covering the whole creation process.
The 3D modeling part is carried out to make the participants create their own version of the proposed “case studies” digital models, in order to follow an experimented path also including creativity. The digital 3D models are created using software designed especially for students and teachers and each model is processed to be printed by using one of the most used “slicing” software. Finally, each participant experiences the last step individually, setting up a 3D printer and printing their own model.

Course Agenda

1ST Day:
• welcome activities
• visit to Fablab Palermo laboratory
• introduction to 3D printing technologies and materials
• 3D printing in schools
• safety issues

2ND Day:
• starting up with 3D modeling
• optimize the use of the software in schools
• create the first simple digital model
• first “slicing” and first prints (easy mode)

3RD Day:
• going deeper on 3D modeling
• create a more complex end detailed digital modeling
• going deeper on the “slicing” process
• how to solve the most common 3d printing issues

4TH Day:
• how and where to find digital models for education
• how to modify and customize outsourced digital models
• 3D modeling trough coding blocks: a different approach

5TH Day:
• pushing creativity with 3D printing
• how to create a curriculum for students in 3D printing
• a look at the 3D scanning process
• final workshop
• evaluation of the course and certification ceremony

Course major outcomes
• Learn how to complete a 3D printing task, from the concept to the final physical output
• Learn how to use 3D printing to address STEAM topics
• Learn how to push your student creativity through the 3D printing process
• Learn how to puts your hands on a 3D printer for preparatory and maintenance activities