Practical Introduction to FDM 3D Printing

Learn the step-by-step procedure to print using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

Know the ins and outs of FDM 3D Printing!

Course Summary

Since 2010, there has been a noticeable rise in consumer-level desktop 3D Printers' availability utilizing the Fused Deposition Modeling - FDM 3D Printing technology. Today, finding a desktop 3D Printer is becoming an expectation in every university, maker space, and community innovation center. They are also becoming widely available at very affordable prices that are as low as USD 200. This course dives deeper into the topic of FDM desktop 3D Printer. It covers the technology background, how to use an FDM 3D Printer, how to use the slicer software, the design considerations for printing with an FDM 3D Printer, and key considerations for purchasing a desktop FDM 3D Printer.

According to Emerge Research, the desktop 3D Pinter market size is expected to worth USD 5,129.00 million by 2027.


There are no prerequisites required to enroll in this course.

What is in the Course?

32 learning elements including:

  • 27 videos 
  • 2 quizzes 
  • 1 assignment 
  • 1 discussion

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the history and principle of operation for FDM 3D Printers 
  2. Be able to identify the common parts of a desktop FDM 3D Printer and their functions 
  3. Understand the overall journey of 3D printing an object from the CAD software to having a printed object  
  4. Be able to use the Cura Slicer software to generate the g-Code for printing  
  5. Understand the major design considerations to account for when printing with a desktop FDM 3D Printer  
  6. Understand the major considerations for purchasing a desktop FDM 3D Printer  
you will get an certificate after completed the course

Certificate of Completion
To recognize what you learned

offer live office hours 3 times a week

Live Office Hours
3 times a week to clarify your doubts

Assuming you are starting from scratch

Beginner Level
Assuming you are starting from scratch

the whole course will deliver in English

Taught in English
Standard English is used to deliver the material

 take one month to complete the course

One Month to Complete
1.5 hours/week or 6 hours learning time  

3D Printing Trends

As recent as 2016, the Global 3D Printing market size was at about 8.3 billion US dollars. This number doubled by 2020, reaching 16 billion dollars, and is expected to reach 40 billion dollars by 2024. This growth is only expected to increase over time as the different 3D Printing technologies keep maturing. In addition to the growing market size, 3D Printing is expected to disrupt and transform many industries ranging from traditional manufacturing, supply chain, oil and gas, film and television, construction, fashion, aerospace, jewelry, medicine, and education.

The application of 3D Printing across sectors is expected to cut costs, produce lighter parts, increase manufacturing efficiency, innovate better and faster, design and produce more complex objects. All this will lead to radical improvements in many of our current practices as well as unlocking future possibilities. With all this, it is becoming essential to get familiar with 3D Printing and its landscape in terms of both applications and potential. This will set you in a position to capitalize on the 3D Printing technology to add value to your projects and business.

Questions Frequently Asked

A men is printing his 3d model by using using FDM 3D Printer by himself at home

What is FDM 3D Printing?

FDM stands for Fused Deposition Modeling, another similar technology is Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). Both are common 3D Printing technologies that are wildly available at the consumer level. They work by melting and depositing thermoplastic on specific arrangements to form your design. You can think of it as an auto-moving hot glue gun.

How does FDM 3D Printing work?

FDM 3D Printing works by melting thermoplastics through a hot nozzle, then arranging that melting plastic layer by layer to form a solid part. The movements of the 3D Printer forming the final part are governed by code that is generally referred to as G-code. G-code can be automatically generated using a slicer software.  

What are common FDM printing materials?

All FDM 3D Printers work by melting thermoplastics. Thus, plastics are the most common materials. More specifically, PLA and ABS plastics. However, the types of printable materials are increasing over time as the field develops further. Newer, less common materials include flexible TPU and many different composites.

What is the difference between SLA & FDM 3D Printing?

SLA stands for Stereolithography, which is a resin-based 3D printing technology. At the moment, SLA desktop 3D Printers are becoming more available at the consumer level, even though they are still more costly compared to desktop FDM 3D Printers. The major difference between the prints is in the details and strength. We can expect more details and smoothness from SLA 3D printing and more strength from FDM 3D printing. To know more about the different capabilities of the different 3D printing processes, you can check out our 3D Printing Opportunities and Applications course.

3D Object printec by a SLA 3D Printer

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What Does This Course Cover?

  1. What is Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D Printing and its history
  2. The common parts of a desktop FDM 3D Printer 
  3. The journey to 3D Print a part from CAD to 3D printing 
  4. The major settings for a 3D model from a CAD software for 3D Printing
  5.  How to use the Ultimaker Cura slicer software to generate the G-code
  6.  How to export the G-code from the slider to the 3D Printer 
  7. How to extract the 3D print from the 3D Printer 
  8. The common post-printing processes 
  9. The major design considerations for printing with FDM 
  10. The major considerations for purchasing a desktop FDM 3D Printer     

Samples From the Course

Below are sample videos from inside the course. All other materials are made with the same style and quality.

Should You Buy an FDM 3D Printer? 
Watching and Extracting the 3D Print
Exporting from CAD

Certificate indicate learner successfully completing the FDM 3D Printing course

Certificate of Completion

Once you complete all the course materials, you will get a downloadable Certificate of Completion that you can share with your connections and add to your portfolio.

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Course Instructor

Tayseer Almattar is the founder of TforDesign and co-founder of ideabee Design Consultancy. He holds a bachelor's (B.S.) degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Design (MDes) degree in international design and business management. He has many years of experience in corporate training, instructional design, and quality assurance. He has also been an avid user of SOLIDWORKS for over 10 years and has published multiple online SOLIDWORKS training courses with over 40,000 enrolled students from over 120 countries. In addition, he authored the book 'Learn SOLIDWORKS 2020' published by Packt Publishing.

    Tayseer is interested in the use of design principles and technology to add value to different organizations. He is also passionate about sustainability and how design can help to build more sustainable organizations.