Best Free 3D Printing Courses

Find the best online Free 3D Printing Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings.

Learn 3D Modeling: Blender Basics in Under 2 Hours

Learn the Basics of Blender in Under 2 Hours

Created by Josh Gambrell - Sharing my knowledge and constantly expanding it.

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Students: 75220, Price: Free

Learn the basic tools, shortcuts, and important aspects of the popular 3D modeling software, Blender, without any prior knowledge!

Take your first steps in the Blender software!

  • Learn the basic interface of Blender.
  • Learn how to select, grab, scale, rotate, and add objects.
  • Learn the difference between Object and Edit mode.
  • Learn how to render, add materials, and export your models into the Unity software.
  • Create a few basic models with your knowledge.

A great way to alleviate the burden of learning a brand new piece of software.

From the perspective of a complete beginner in the Blender software, this course wil cover the basics and alleviate the burden of learning a new piece of software. Blender is actually a very intuitive piece of software once you get the basics down, and is easy to pick up on the more complicated aspects after learning the basics. Blender is a great piece of software for new 3D modelers and those wishing to be able to create assets for video games. This course will make you feel confident in using Blender as a complete beginner.

Course Overview

This course will cover the very basics for those that have never used the Blender software before. Students who have never used the Blender software before will feel a lot more comfortable with it by taking this course. After learning some new concepts, you will test your knowledge by creating some basic models.

At the end of this course, you should have the confidence to go and further your knowledge in the Blender software. This course was designed with complete beginners in mind, so you should be able to create very basic 3D models and feel more comfortable with modeling in the Blender software.

Create 3D Game Characters: No modeling or rigging required

Create and animate professional-level, 3D game characters without any experience in modeling, sculpting or rigging.

Created by Reallusion Inc - Software Developers & Trainers

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Students: 41207, Price: Free

•This course is designed to teach anyone how to create professional 3D game characters and animations without having to spend months, or years, learning the ins-and-outs of other complicated 3D software. In just weeks, you will be able to get ahead by learning to exploit the power of a real-time 3D engine, in order to maximize your time and project completion. 100% GUARANTEE!

•Different from other 3D tools, the Character Creator tool and iClone are designed for instant creation and visualization feedback. Their unique real-time animation engine give you 10 x faster production speed. Create and morph game characters in minutes with the Character Creator tool, then send them to iClone for fast and easy full-body animation prior to exporting them via the 3DXchange converter to Unity, Unreal or any other video game engine or 3D applications.

•There are free trial versions for iClone 6 PRO, and 3DXchange Pipeline, so users are welcome to download them all in order to go through the entire course. The Character Creator tools is 100% FREE.

•Besides the free tools, students can also download free sample characters and projects to test out the pipeline process themselves. Just visit the iClone Game Character Design Platform page.

Free Blender Crash Course!

Start now to create your 3D Scenes!

Created by Gustavo Rosa - Modelador, Animador e Generalista 3D.

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Students: 37685, Price: Free

The Free Blender Crash Course is designed to give you a first contact with the 3D scene creation universe and with Blender.

Blender is free open source software and is currently one of the world's leading 3D scene creation tools. In this course you will have a first contact with the Blender interface and learn the basics of modeling, materials, lighting and animation. And throughout the course you will produce from scratch a simple flying plane scene.

So sign up now and start your journey to become a 3D artist right now.

Getting started in 3D Animation

Create professional-level, 3D character animations in record time for a variety of applications.

Created by Reallusion Inc - Software Developers & Trainers

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Students: 25501, Price: Free

This course is designed to teach you how to create professional 3D character animations without having to spend months, or years, learning the ins-and-outs of other complicated 3D software. In just weeks, you will be able to get ahead of the game by learning to exploit the power of a real-time 3D engine, in order to maximize your time and project completion. 100% GUARANTEE!

Different from other 3D tools, iClone is designed for instant visualization and digital storytelling. Its unique real-time animation engine gives you 10 x faster production speed by giving-what-you-see without having to wait. It's content-driven director layout is logically defined with Stage, Set, Actor, Animation, Media and Export tabs so that you may easily allocate resources during creation. iClone is not only the ideal tool for studios, live TV productions, and previzualizations but it also allows anyone to be their own director by animating without any hassles of creating content from scratch!

There is a free trial version that users are welcome to download in order to go through the entire course. Just to be clear, this course is not to promote sales of the software or content, but instead to show users that there are easy ways to create 3D character animations for any use.

Combat Knife 3D Game Asset in Blender and Substance Painter

Learn to model, UV unwrap, and texture a high quality game asset from start to finish.

Created by Chris Plush - Blender 3D Trainer

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Students: 18465, Price: Free

In this absolutely free step-by-step Blender and Substance Painter training course I'll take you through the entire process of modeling and texturing a combat knife game asset.

This game development course is beginner friendly but you should have some very basic knowledge of Blender before watching. This course will teach you a lot of different hard surface modeling techniques and modeling tools including beveling, subsurf modeling, and non-destructive modifier methods. It'll take you from setting up a reference photo in the background to completing a high quality, high resolution, 3d knife model for games.

The course starts off by taking you through creating the high-poly model of the knife that we'll later use for baking normal maps onto a low-poly, game-ready model.

To prepare our model for texturing I'll walk you through taking our low-poly knife model and UV unwrapping it in Blender. You'll learn how to specify how objects are unwrapped by manually adding seams to edges, how to modify and work with UVs, and how to look for UV stretching to make sure your textures will be applied without distortion.

After we're done UV unwrapping, I'll show you how to bake a normal map for the knife using Blender in order to make our efficient low-poly knife look more detailed and high resolution. Whether you want to use this knife inside Blender or export it for a game engine like Unity or Unreal, I'll show you how to make sure your model and its normal map look right in all software.

Then finally we'll pull our knife model into Substance Painter and Texture it. I'll show you how to bake normal maps in Substance Painter too, as they tend to come out a little bit better than in Blender. So then you'll know how baking works in both software. We'll use edge wear generators, smart materials, and other tools in Substance Painter to achieve the final look, and then I'll show you how to render your final knife in Substance Painter. I'll also show you how to export your textures and then set up a material for your knife in Blender as well so we can render it with Cycles.

Character Modeling: Master the Anatomy of 3D Characters

Step by Step Guide to Create 3D Characters in Blender

Created by Abdelilah Hamdani - 3D Photorealistic Designer

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Students: 17625, Price: Free

Character Anatomy: A Great Start to Create Realistic 3D Characters the Right Way

This Course is for anyone who's struggling with character anatomy

If you end up with some weird shapes when creating characters, this course will be very useful for you

You will learn the right way to Create all face parts: Mouth - Chin - Eyes - Nose

Once you succeed at creating this you will be able to create any character that you want

Generative Modeling – Designer Based Structural Optimization

Topology Optimization - Creating Optimal Next Generation Designs with 3D CAD - Solid Edge - Solidworks - Blender - FEA

Created by John Devitry - Mechanical Engineering and 3D Design

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Students: 16848, Price: Free

Generative Design is a radical departure from conventional
design practices and is by definition the creation of shapes decided by a set of
rules, or in other words, software algorithms.

In essence the 3D CAD designer is no longer the primary creator,
taking the position of a “problem framer” specifying up front design goals such
as design space, constraints and keep out areas.  The computer software then decides where
material should be removed.  Constraints
define, then decide the structural results by generating an optimized part that
look eerily similar to creations found in nature.  The potential benefits are striking.  This class will teach you how to get started with Topology Optimization.

3D Printing Workshop. How to use and maintain a 3D Printer.

Most importantly - we're here to help. Learn everything to do with 3D Printing and get making today!

Created by Core Electronics - A team of Creative Technologists

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Students: 15606, Price: Free

Welcome to the 3D Printing Workshop! We are going to take you on a hands-on journey into the exciting technology that is 3D printing. I have personally spent the past 12 months immersing myself into everything to do with 3D printing. I'm going to try and share the best of what I have learned along the way with you. Let's take a look at the course goals and structure.

Running a 3D Modeling/Animation Business

Turning your talent in 3D into an income for you is possible as a freelancer or (even better) as a small business owner.

Created by Sam Lytle - Owner and 3D Visualization Specialist

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Students: 10103, Price: Free

Join over 2000 students learning how to make more money with their 3D talents!

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The 5 star reviews are rolling in...

"very impressed with this course. I devoured all the content"

"Incredible resource!"

"Comprehensive"

"Good quality"

Do you want to know how to turn your 3D modeling or animating skills into an actual business that will get you out of your day job?

Your ability to create wonderful things in 3D isn't just a talent you possess- it is a powerful way to make money and build a profitable business.

My name is Sam Lytle and after creating a unique smartphone app concept called the OggBoard that gained the attention of CNET, Kotaku and Engadget, I built a strong 3D modeling and animating team that successfully developed the hardware and software proof of concept for this idea.

Unfortunately, at this time, I didn't understand vital business concept such as building a brand or developing a platform and OggStudios never left the launch pad.

I have now used the lessons learned from the OggBoard along with my education and experience in civil engineering to build another 3D visualization studio, this time focusing on the transportation and construction industry.

Civil FX now has seven employees in less than 3 years of growth!

In Running a 3D Modeling/ Animation Business I break down the mistakes that 3D artists typically make when stepping into freelancing and how to break free from competing in online freelance marketplaces and move towards finding the best clients with the biggest jobs for ultimate profitability.

I also show how to find out where you want to take your business and how to use your Unfair Advantage and a written business plan to reach this ultimate destination.

I worked for public and private companies for many years before finally having enough private clients to leave my job to pursue Civil FX full time.

Learning how to monetize my 3D modeling and animating skills has changed my life and I am confident that it will change yours as well.

Get ready to completely change the way you think about making money with your talent as a 3D artist!

If you aren't completely satisfied with this course you can get your money back - with no questions asked - for 30 days!!

3D Printing Basics

Want to learn about 3D Printers? Airscrew Academy is the perfect place to start!

Created by Assembl Academy - 3D Printing Company

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Students: 9377, Price: Free

Have you been hearing a lot about 3D printing recently? Are you curious about why this technology is becoming so popular? Want to learn how you can benefit from 3D printing? In this course we will teach you all the basics of 3D Printing! Thanks to advances in desktop 3D printing, this incredible technology is now becoming commercial available for everyone to enjoy. If you are interested in buying your own 3D printer for personal use or for learning how to prototype products for clients, this is an expansive industry with tons of possibilities! 3D Printing Basics is a beginner level course designed for anyone who wants to start learning about 3D Printing but has no idea what 3D printing is or where to begin! You do NOT need a 3D printer or a subscription to a CAD software to take this course! By the end of these lessons you should have a solid understanding of where you can implement this technology and why you should buy a 3D printer! Throughout the course you will learn entry-level concepts behind 3D printing, the different kinds of 3D printers, various 3D printing materials and when to use them, and even some tips and techniques for how you can use 3D printing at home! This course does NOT teach about how to operate a 3D printer or how to design 3D models with 3D CAD softwares. If you want to learn about 3D printer operations or how to use 3D CAD softwares to design your own 3D models, you can continue on with the rest of our curriculum! Our additional courses cover more advanced topics, such as 3D printer operations and 3D modeling. CAD Softwares we cover include programs like TinkerCAD, AutoCAD,123D, Solidworks, Rhinoceros, and more! Enroll in Airscrew Academy's 3D Printing Basics to start learning about 3D printing today!

Create a Rowboat Mechanism Using Siemens Solid Edge

Mechanical Design - Learn How to Create and 3D Print a Prototype Rowboat Using Siemens Solid Edge

Created by John Devitry - Mechanical Engineering and 3D Design

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Students: 7811, Price: Free

This course is for student interested in mechanisms, mechanical design and 3D Printing.  You will create all the 3D parts that make up the rowboat and assemble these parts together into a working prototype. You will learn how to analyze and resolve issues that always come up during the design process such as motion and interference.  Mechanism design is all about “give and take” and you will experiment with a variety of alternate design solution. We will use the Siemens Solid Edge 3D CAD software.  This download is free to all students and is similar to Solidworks, Blender and Autodesk Inventor. 

3D Printing – in a Nutshell

3D Printing including design, scanning for 3D printing and using 3D pens

Created by Anant Bhat - Udemy Instructor

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Students: 7223, Price: Free

This course as an aid for anyone who is interested in 3d printing, wants to take it up but is not sure where to start. It is also useful for students who have 3D printing as part of their curriculum.

This course will enable you to -

1. Understand what is 3D printing, types of 3D printers as well as pros and cons of 3D printing.

2. You will be able to practice printing 3D objects with a FDM printer using the stl files given in the resources.

3. You will be able to do simple 3D designs using OpenSCAD software.

4. You will be able to practice using android app Scann3d to scan and create 3D models.

5. You will be able to create 3D artifacts using 3D pens.

6. You will know about useful websites for POD and file-sharing of 3D designs.

Create a 3D character in Blender from scratch

Step by step guide to model a 3D character and texture it

Created by Raymond Gabriel - 3D Generalist - Founder of RG3D Animation Studio

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Students: 6583, Price: Free

Learn how to create a simple 3D character in Blender from scratch, going through the following :

  1. 3D Modeling of the character

  2. Adding materials

  3. UV-Unwrapping / Texturing the character

  4. Rendering out Full HD image of the character

  5. Bake out textures on the UV-unwraps of the mesh (Usable in game engine)

This Course is for beginners who at least know there way around Blender's interface and navigation, I will be explaining every step along the way, so even if you are a complete beginner you should be able to follow up, and if you already have some experience with blender you will be honing down on your skills and also might learn new tricks and techniques along the way that will help you create other characters you might have in mind.

This course is free of charge, I made it so that everyone could benefit from it, I hope that it could help you out.

This is my first course on Udemy, but I am planning to make more in the future.

I wish you all the best and Good luck, Enjoy!

Raymond Gabriel

The 3D Printer Hardware Guide

Learn how a 3D printer works by assembling hardware parts

Created by Robin John - Award-winning Entrepreneur & Physicist

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Students: 4904, Price: Free

The course is aimed at basics 3D printing and to gain an understanding of the technology inside out.

We will be looking at:

  • History of 3D printing industry,

  • Major types of 3D printers available today

  • Construction, wiring and calibration of an FDM 3D printer

  • Using slicing software, understand different parameters and finishing printed parts

  • Maintenance & troubleshooting

  • Industry applications of a typical FDM 3D printer

PS- Modules to be uploaded, for future updates please enroll and follow the course

SO YOU HAVE A GREAT IDEA – NOW WHAT?

CREATIVITY - STEM - INVENTORS - MECHANICAL DESIGN & MANUFACTURING STUDENTS - 3D CAD - 3D PRINTING - ARTISTIC ENGINEERING

Created by John Devitry - Mechanical Engineering and 3D Design

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Students: 3670, Price: Free

INSIGHTS & CHALLENGES WITH BRINGING A NEW PRODUCT TO MARKET - Over the years I’ve had numerous students come to me & want to talk about a new product idea they have but aren't sure how to get started. Now instead of giving you a classroom lecture on product development and the steps involved, I'm going to share with you a personal experience, probably with more examples of what not to do than what to do.

Model a Product in Maya to Sell on Shapeways 3D Print Store

A crash course on creating products for 3D Printing

Created by Young Lee - Visual Effects Specialist

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Students: 3109, Price: Free

A crash course for modeling a basic dollhouse chair for selling in your Shapeways store.  In this course, you will learn:

1.  How to model a dollhouse 1:24 chair in Maya from scratch using Maya modeling tools

2.  How to prepare the model for exporting to a DAE_FBX format for export to Shapeways

3.  How to specify the scale inside Maya using a 'distance measuring tool'

4.  How to upload your model to Shapeways and check it for integrity

5.  How to create your product page and tips on how to start your own e-commerce Shapeways store.

Learn all this completely free!

Advanced Product Design Techniques with Siemens Solid Edge

3D Printing a Classical Guitar with Sub-D Modeling and Generative Design

Created by John Devitry - Mechanical Engineering and 3D Design

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Students: 439, Price: Free

Find out how new engineering design methods like Sub-Division Modeling, 3D Printing, Generative Design and Synchronous Technology can help you develop prototypes faster along with how to validate a concept as quickly as possible and the issues of 3D Printing larger parts.   

Much of the class focuses on Sub-D modeling. The Solid Edge subdivision modeling environment generates a stylized body using a polygonal cage to control its shape. By continuously manipulating and subdividing the cage, you can add greater levels of detail and control until you have the shape you desire. Subdivision modeling provides a higher level of control than using polygons alone. It allows sharp edges in conjunction with smooth flowing surfaces.  With Sub-D modeling you can develop distinctively unique products based on organic shapes without the need for expert knowledge. Solid Edge subdivision modeling includes tools that provide advanced capabilities for shape creation, manipulation, and analysis. These tools allow anyone, even beginners, to quickly and easily create high-quality advanced shapes based on complex geometry.

If you are looking for more details on Generative Design take a look at my Udemy class: Generative Modeling - Designer Based Structural Optimization.  This class starts with the basics and works its way up to more complex examples.