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  • General

    Practical Work Training with 3D-printers

    Welcome to the realm of 3D-printing!

    The course is organized as a one-day workshop, a lecture followed by a practical session, giving an introduction to the world of 3D printing. No previous knowledge or experience is required to join this course. 

    After the workshop, students are able to individually use 3D printers to produce physical objects from digital files. Students will get familiar with the Ultimaker 3D printers and the Ultimaker Cura slicing software for print-file preparation. They will gain a better understanding of what 3D printing is and what it can be used for in practice. The course material provides additional links and resources for further learning and exploration.

    An additional exercise (introduced during the lecture) grants 1 ECTS credit and access to reserve and use the ADDLAB printers. Note that the lab access is only given to those who have gained 1 ECTS.

    What, When & Where

    Lecture: Monday 9.10. - 9:15 to 12:00 (Undergraduate Center, lecture hall U142 "U4" - Address: Otakaari 1, Otaniemi)

    Practical training sessions Monday 9.10. 13:00 to 17:00 (ADDLAB, K4 building, Address: Sähkömiehentie 4J, Otaniemi):

    Session 1 will be held on Monday 9.10. from 13:00 to 14:00.

    Session 2 will be held on Monday 9.10. from 14:00 to 15:00.

    Session 3 will be held on Monday 9.10. from 15:00 to 16.00.

    Session 4 will be held on Monday 9.10. from 16.00 to 17.00.

    You only need to attend one practical session. Registration to sessions is arranged during the lecture. Maximum capacity for each session is 12 students (due to the limited amount of 3D printers)

    Before the workshop

    1. If possible, bring your personal laptop. You will get a guided tour to prepare your files for 3D printing.
    2. Pre-install the most recent version of the Cura slicing software, available at:
    3. Take a look at, for example,, and spend a few moments to explore the free printable models uploaded by individual makers. Pre-download the .stl file(s) of at least one interesting object. If you have your own 3D design, feel free to use and print that during the practical session. The following link provides a more exhaustive list of printable part sources, alternative to Thingiverse.
    • If you don't have a laptop to bring, no worries! You can team up with someone who has one, or use the ADDLAB computers to transfer your own files to the printers.