Everything Your Business Needs for 3D Printing - Including the Printer

NWA3D A5 printer

This eight-hour course will guide business professionals into the world of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing. You will learn the basics of creating digital models and preparing the files for printing - critical prerequisites for all digital manufacturing technologies. You will learn how to build parts on your very own NWA3D A5 printer, an affordable desktop 3D printer manufactured in Northwest Arkansas. That's right - class enrollment includes one NWA3D A5 3D printer, which retails at $599.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot your NWA3D A5 printer
  • Be introduced to the variety of ways digital models are created
  • Learn the process of preparing a digital model for 3D printing
  • Understand the 3D printing industry, including its history, processes, applications, and the industries that employ it
Two-Day Course

Oct 26, 2017

Oct 27, 2017

1 pm - 5 pm


Cost includes NWA3D A5 3D printer ($599 value) and one filament ($30) that participants take home.

The Global Campus is an educational provider and does not offer any warranty regarding the digital printer and its products. See NWA3D warranty information.
10% discount for University of Arkansas faculty, staff and current students. To receive the discount, you must register with your uark email address and enter coupon code 'UA10' at checkout. Status will be verified and correct rate will be applied. Additional discounts do not apply.​
No refunds of the UA 10% discount, or any other discount, will be granted once registration is complete.




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Global Campus - Rogers
3300 Market Street
Suite 402
Rogers, AR 72758

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Day 1

  • Course Objectives and Ground Rules
  • Brief History of 3D printing; AM processes
  • Create the digital file, Part 1
    • Online model libraries, including thingiverse.com
    • 3D modeling: create models in TinkerCAD
  • Meet your NWA3D printer
    • Introduction to extruder, stepper motors, all other components
    • What are the differences in cost/quality of printers on the market?
    • Level the build plate
    • Load filament
    • Operation
    • Common troubleshooting
  • Prepare for 3D printing, Part 1
    • From STL to Gcode: Describe different slicers; demonstrate Cura
    • Slice student models in Cura with default settings
  • Build scaled-down models
  • During builds: review day, assign simple homework

Day 2

  • Detailed troubleshooting issues: print not sticking, clogs, Cura settings
  • How will you and your company use 3DP?
  • Applications and Industries; the future of 3D printing
  • Create the digital file, Part 2
    • Back to 3D modeling: Review TinkerCAD, intro OnShape and Fusion 360
    • 3D modeling concepts: extrusion, revolution, sweeping, lofting, Boolean operations
    • 3D scanning, MeshMixer
  • Prepare for 3D printing, Part 2
    • Detailed look at basic and advanced settings in Cura
  • Create the digital file, Part 3
    • DfAM (design for additive manufacturing): best practices and design guides