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About the Course

Autodesk’s AutoCAD software is an industry standard computer-aided design and drafting tool. Although many students and professionals regularly use the software, their skillset does not always translate to successful design for 3D printing. In this course, those already familiar with the popular Autodesk will get a refresher in the basics and then learn specific techniques to effectively create designs that take advantage of the 3D printing process.

This course is taught by West Houston Institute IDEAStudio staff and is being offered free of charge to Houston Community College students, faculty, and staff this semester. The format for this course is online anytime. That means that once your registration is processed, you will be given access to the web-based course in HCC's Eagle Online learning platform. You can work through the course modules and complete the final creative project at your own pace. You will have until the end of the course session to complete all assigned work. Although the course is virtual, your instructor will be available to answer questions and support you through the activities. All participants who complete the course will have the opportunity to have their final project 3D printed for them at IDEAStudio!

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Review the AutoCAD work area, interface, and controls
  • Set up the AutoCAD workspace for 3D print projects
  • Understand the general design consideration for 3D printing
  • Identify basic features of a 3D print
  • Effectively design for Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printing

Course Activities:

  • Review of AutoCAD & General Design Considerations
  • Understanding 3D Printed Features
  • Designing for Fused Filament Fabrication
  • Final Creative Project


Start: February 8, 2021
12:00 am
End: February 26, 2021
12:00 am
West Houston Institute IDEAStudio

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