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3D Printing Introduction

Course Description

On the course, you will learn the basics of digital 3D modelling and sculpting of your own objects, using free and beginner's accessible 3D software. You will get the chance to create your own digital designs, and learn how to manipulate existing 3D models, transforming them into small physical objects by printing them on our 3D printer which uses plastic filament. You can bring your own laptop to use or we can provide one for you.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

No previous knowledge of 3D software is needed, but intermediate IT skills are required. Previous experience of physical making of sculpture, jewellery and ceramics is an advantage.

Course Content

The introductory course will provide a tutor lead practical demonstration of 3D modelling and sculpting exercises that will enable you to create and print your own 3D models. You will gain basic knowledge of 3D modelling software, 3D printing materials, relevant terminology, and the uses of 3D printing in industry and as an artistic medium. After you have completed your digital model, you will learn how the FDM 3D printer and its slicer software, will produce your physical model that you will be able to take home with you. You can also use 3D Printing to make moulds for casting (e.g., jewellery); turn drawings into 3D designs; make tools e.g., print rollers/stamps for ceramic texture and decoration.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The course is taught by demonstrations, practical tasks, and class discussion. One-to-one support is available when needed and individual feedback will be given. Class handouts will be made available online for students.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will outline the learning objectives for the course. You will also be invited to set your own goals. You will receive feedback against the achievement of these outcomes during the course from your tutor and in written form at the end of the course. There is no formal qualification attached to this course, but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

Further extend your basic knowledge by practicing new techniques with the free software at home to create intricate 3D models ready for 3D printing. Cast and create multiples of your physical 3D printed object. Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or on: 020 7255 4700 or email:

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet learners’ needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an interview with the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572