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DIY 3D Printer Workshop

Use simulation to improve the design of a RepRap 3D printer.

Course Overview

The SimScale DIY 3D printer workshop series enables students, 3D printing enthusiasts, and professionals to learn how to use engineering simulation for developing and improving the design of a RepRap 3D printer.

Over the course of 3 sessions, participants will learn the fundamentals of engineering simulation and will expand their knowledge of thermal simulation, cooling, and solid mechanics.

Participants who complete the video lectures, step-by-step exercises, and quizzes to 100% will receive a special SimScale Certificate of Completion which can be added to a resume or course profile on Linkedin.

Course Format

Each session consists of:

  • A 60-minute video lecture
  • A step-by-step tutorial to help you put what you have learned in the lecture directly into practice

Session 1: Optimizing the Heat Distribution of the Extruder

The first session introduces participants to the fundamentals of thermal simulation, including the concepts of conduction, convection, and radiation. During the session, the participants will learn how to setup a simulation of the heat distribution within the extruder from scratch and how to make a design optimization decision based on the results of the analysis.

Session 2: Cooling and Thermal Management

The second session of the 3D Printing Workshop is about the role of cooling and thermal management. Besides learning about the fundamentals of convectional heat transfer and fluid dynamics, participants will set up a fluid flow simulation to optimize the operating mode of the fan.

Session 3: Frame Vibrations

The third session introduces participants to solid mechanics. Participants will learn about the fundamentals of machine dynamics and create a modal simulation to identify eigenfrequencies and the associated modal displacements of frame.

Certificate of Completion

Students who watch all video lectures, complete the exercises, and submit their work using the Form in the Final Assessment Section will receive a special SimScale Certificate of Completion which you can add to your resume or course profile on Linkedin.

I hope you enjoy the course and Happy Simulating!


Your Instructor


Milad Mafi
Milad Mafi

As the Academic Program Manager at SimScale, Milad actively works with students and educators in the SimScale community. He hosts monthly workshops covering a range of topics from CFD to FEA to thermal analysis. He has more than 10 years of professional experience with engineering simulation and motorsport aerodynamics.


Class Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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