D3D Enterprise Training Program

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  • 2 month on-site immersion program, Sep 1 - Oct 31.
  • $3200, for 2 month program. 4 teams. Can apply as a team of 2. I am involved 4 hours per day.
  • Community manager is active taking care of admin, etc. Automate the admin.
  • Prerequisite: robust extruder, 1' heated bed. New endstop mounts.
  • 3D printed Drone, camera, cordless drill, filament maker, and robotic arm are prerequisites as far as workable products.
  • Tied in to HeroX
  • Website: D3D website. People become part of our Network.
  • One month learning. Second month - do 1 development point - to prove your contribution to the community. To get Tech Contributor badge. The R&D must have a published report, like a typical Lab Report. Format to be specified.
  • 4 teams minimum in the program.

Assets Generated and Used

  • OSE Linux for the OSE Development Environment
  • Open Source 3D Printed Camera - for documentation, and as a workshop idea
  • Open source 3D printed drone - for aerial photography and workshop documentation
  • Open source cordless drill - part of the microfactory beginnings
  • 3D printer build to produce parts for the workshop, includes printing parts
  • 30 YouTube lessons
  • E-course as a pay-for course, while all underlying assets are free
  • Workshop Training Manual
  • Open Source Microfactory e-Book - inspiring people about local production, and providing 10 key designs


  • FreeCAD 101
  • Creating Language Agnostic Instructionals
  • Creating WebGL explosions
  • Marlin 101
  • Cura 101
  • Print Cluster 101
  • D3D Part Library
  • CNC Machine Construction Set
  • Printing a drone
  • Printing a cordless drill
  • Printing a heavy duty cnc machine
  • Printing a CNC circuit mill
  • Crowdsourced incentive challenge - HeroX
  • Filament extrusion
  • 16, 14, 12, and 10" Frame Designs
  • W
  • Printing the Open Source SoPro Camera
  • Printing
  • 3D Printing Parts
  • HeroX design challenge

Curriculum for education

Curriculum for education needs to introduce many concepts and connect the relationships of major ideas, a final form of education is the ability to demonstrate what was learned. It can be a good exercise to try to teach the topics on three levels starting with someone who knows nothing about the subject, someone with some familiarity and to someone who is well versed in the subject. Using a trivium method the concepts can be introduced, the connecting ideas shown, and participants asked to propose and defend a stance on the topic.

Cartesian coordinates


Concepts 1. Space is 3 dimensional and can be quantified along 3 axis (X,Y,Z).

2. Cartesian coordinates are in reference to an origin.

3. Show the connection between x,y,z, g-code, and printed object


Figure: Cartesian coordinates to 3D object

Lab: Running OSE linux, open freecad, make a cube and a sphere, download a model and open it

3D modeling


Sketching 2D to 3D

Lab: Making a small 3D project, name plate, OSE exercise,


Additive versus subtractive production


Question: Consider how the fourth dimension, time, is taken into consideration when generating g-codes.

Figure: model to tool path/g-code to object

Lab: Open model in cura, examine algorithms and parameters, print a model

Plastic polymers

Elementary https://www.njit.edu/precollege/sites/precollege/files/Polymers%20and%20Packaging.pdf

High school https://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/science/chemistry/introduction-polymers/content-section-0?active-tab=content-tab

Expert https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5553103/

Figure: plastic polymer diagram (PLA, PE, PHB, ABS), functional groups, physical properties

Question: Consider the differing properties of plastics and how this impacts their functionality versus biodegradability or recyclability.

3D printer components

Frame Axis Bed Extruder Controller

figure: D3D diagram