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Introduction to 3D Printing for Educators

Learn how to bring 3D printing to your classroom. Designed for teachers who are new to 3D printing, this three-day workshop covers what you need to know about the related software and hardware, plus we’ll explore the opportunities that 3D printing offers to students. Participants will learn about the basics of 3D software, create their own designs and go hands on with their 3D printer.

The course includes lesson plans and tips and tricks for getting the most out of your 3D printing experience. When the 3D printing workshop is over, participants will each get a 3D printer and filament to take back to their classroom. 

“This course was the ultimate in hands-on learning! You learn every step of the process from setting up the printer, to using the software, to actually printing, while under the guidance of an expert to help with troubleshooting. I loved how much time we had to practice the skills we were learning. Meeting and learning with and from colleagues from other schools was great too. It was a very valuable learning opportunity!”

Terri Preston
Technology Teacher
St. Pius / St. Leo School

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Course Details

Audience: Teachers
Method: In-person, instructor-led
Duration: 3 days
Cost: $895
Graduate application: Not required
Credits: Non-credit course

At the end of the workshop, teachers will get their very own 3D printer and filament to take back to their classroom.

This Course is Offered on the Following Dates

Details will be posted soon. Sign up to be notified when registration opens.

Workshop Technical Requirements

Please bring a laptop running at least Windows 7 or MacOS 10.11. You must have full administrator rights to install software and join the Creighton wireless network.

Full specs:

  • Windows 7 or higher, 64 bit
  • Mac OSX 10.11 or higher, 64 bit
  • OpenGL 4.1 compatible graphics card for 3D layer view
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon 64
  • 600MB available hard disk space
  • 8GB RAM memory
  • Google Chrome 10 (or newer) or Mozilla FireFox 4 (or newer)

Tinkercad Specific

Most computers and laptops purchased within the last 6 years should work well with Tinkercad. There is one strict requirement that the graphics card supports webGL. WebGL enables working in 3D in the browser. If you are not sure that your graphics card supports webGL, visit this page to see if you see a spinning cube:

This 3D printing workshop is led by Tobias Nownes. Nownes is assistant director of academic initiatives in the Division of Student Success. He holds a master’s in literature from Creighton and has worked across different industries as instructor, programmer, video editor and instructional designer. Nownes has a passion for learning and sharing new ideas, making technology accessible and embracing and encouraging creative ideas.

Continuing education and professional development courses may be cancelled by the attendee in writing up to 7 days before the course begins for a full refund, less a $25 processing fee. No refund will be given 7 days prior to the course. Some courses are not eligible for a refund; these exceptions are noted in specific course descriptions. In the event of a weather related closure, the course will be rescheduled.

Student interactions and viewpoints are a vital part of our rich learning environment. For this reason, Creighton reserves the right to cancel courses in the case of low registration numbers. In this case, registrants will receive a full refund. If a course is cancelled by the University for other non-weather related issues, the student will be notified and a full refund will be processed.


If you have questions please fill out our Contact Us form or call 402.280.4076. We can also provide assistance with group registration or work with you to develop a customized course for a team.