Onshape - Design a 3D Printer

Having your own 3D printer will help you bring your ideas to life faster than ever before. In this course, you'll learn how to utilize Onshape to design your very own functioning delta 3D printer. Software required: Onshape.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Apr 12, 2016
Duration
3h 14m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Basic Onshape Run-through and Importing Components
Starting the Frame, How a Delta Printer Works
Every House Needs a Great Foundation
Going Vertical: Designing the Carriages, Arms, and Effector
Finishing Our Design and Creating the Final Assembly
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Apr 12, 2016
Duration
3h 14m
Description

3D printers can quite literally help your greatest ideas take shape. In this one-of-a-kind course, Onshape - Design a 3D Printer, you get to design your own! You will learn the workflow utilized by a 3D printing industry expert to design a miniature-class, delta-style 3D printer. First, you'll learn the basics of Onshape and how to import specific components you'll need. Next, you'll work on the frame of the printer and learn how it works in the first place. Next, you'll design the base, carriages, arms, and effector. Finally, you'll learn how to assemble your final design for use in the future. By the end of the course, not only will users will have a thorough understanding of the Onshape workflow and how to design all of the components comprising a delta 3D printer, but the resulting files will contain all that is needed to manufacture a functioning 3D printer on an existing desktop 3D printer. Software required: Onshape.

About the author
About the author

Mitch is an Industrial designer, concept sculptor, and 3D printing expert. Based in Texas, he currently is launching a 3D printing company, offering 3D printers in both large and small formats; as well as 3D printing and design consulting services.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone, my name is Mitch Pricer and welcome to my course, Onshape - Design a 3D Printer. I am the owner of Mitch Pricer Designs LLC, a design and 3D printing company. The rise and popularity of 3D printing and 3D printers gives us an excellent incentive to learn how these fascinating machines work, as well as the ever changing software they are made with. In this course, we are going to utilize Onshape, the latest in cloud-based CAD technology to design our own desktop size 3D printer that can be manufactured on an existing 3D printer. Some of the major topics that we will cover include the basics of Onshape and what it is at its core, how to sketch complex parametric models inside of Onshape, how a Delta Printer works, along with the best practices in designing for 3D printing and how to create complex assemblies inside of Onshape. By the end of this course, you will know how to use nearly every feature inside of the Onshape workspaces. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with the basics of parametric CAD. I hope you will join me on this journey to learn Onshape, with the Onshape - Design a 3D Printer course at Pluralsight.

Basic Onshape Run-through and Importing Components
Alright, let's go ahead and jump into our first module here of the course. Onshape - Design a 3D Printer. Now, this is going to be the most basic module of the course. However, it really sets the foundation for the course and kind of all of the concepts that we're going to cover from this point on. Some of the things we're going to cover in this first module are what Onshape is, kind of what it has to offer us as industrial designers, engineers, CAD technicians, whatever you may be that has you here learning CAD. We're going to try to cover what Onshape can do for you. What workspaces are available for us? So everything ranging from our Part Studios or Assemblies, we'll touch on drawings a little bit just for the sake of doing it, but we don't really need them for this project since we 3D printing everything. We're going to cover the biggest question I get, which is why choose Onshape for big projects? And then we're going to wrap up the module with how to import our course data. If you go and download the materials file from the Pluralsight website in the course page, how to import all that into Onshape so we can have it to get started with our course. So I will see you in the next lesson.

Starting the Frame, How a Delta Printer Works
Alright, welcome back to module number two, where we will be starting the frame of our Delta printer, as well as going over how a Delta printer works. Here is a quick render of what our printer will look like. It's called the Sculptor Mini 120. It's printed almost entirely out of PLA, excluding the extruder gears and the build plate, because they have to deal with a little bit more heat than the other components. Some of the things we'll be going over in this module include sketching inside of Onshape, importing technical drawings into Onshape and using them as a reference for our sketches, the extrude command and using patterns to simplify our design. So let's go ahead and get started.

Every House Needs a Great Foundation
Welcome back to module number three where we will be completing the frame of our Delta printer. Some of the concepts we will be covering inside of this module include sketching and more advanced concepts involved with sketching, derived features, mate connectors, the transform tool, and the sweep tool. So let's go ahead and get started.

Going Vertical: Designing the Carriages, Arms, and Effector
Welcome back to module number four where we will be focusing on designing the carriages, the arm ends, and the effector for our 3D printer. Some of the things we will be covering inside of this module include designing for fast printing, complex planes, the revolve command, and derived features. So let's go ahead and get started.

Finishing Our Design and Creating the Final Assembly
Alright, well, welcome back to our fifth and final module of our course, Onshape, Design a 3D Printer. In this module, we will be wrapping up the entire design and we'll be creating the final assembly so that you can animate the model and see how it works. Some of the topics we'll be covering in this module include: sketching, assemblies, and some final tips for printing out the model and all of the components so you can go ahead and make one of these yourself. So let's go ahead and get started.