Intro to 3D Printing: Chess Pieces

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Want to know more about 3D printing? Learn how to create the files, print your own design and learn what might be possible with a 3D printer? 

 GREAT! This class is for you!

What we cover:

  • Intro to 3D Modelling (CAD) using Fusion 360.
  • How to design your own chess piece.
  • Introduction to slicing software (Cura) and 3D printing prep.
  • Considering materials for the design application.
  • Post finishing prints along with basic different settings.
  • Set up and start a print.


In this workshop you will hone basic skills and tools that you can use to design your very own chess pieces and make those designs into a 3D model.  All students will complete a minimum of 1 chess piece. We will go through a freely available slicing software (Cura) and show you how to prepare your chess piece for 3D printing. You will learn how to set up and start your print and all the factors that go into 3D printing and how to get the best results.

Once you have designed a chess piece and prepared it for 3D printing, students will hand over their prepared file for MakerSpace to print for you. You will pick up the print at a later date. 

Outside of class time, students are welcome to complete the design of additional pieces – or their whole set! At any point after the class, we will print the whole set for you (with a 15% discount off our printing rates!).

Please wear closed shoes and tie back long hair.



  • 10% discount code for ordering 3D printer filaments from our recommended supplier who provides high quality and affordable filaments. “”
  • 20% discount on our printing service to have your chess set completely printed by us when you have finished your design.
  • 10% discount on any future printing services you wish for us to complete.
  • Digital Course information booklet which will contain handy useful resources and links.
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What you will learn
  • Intro to 3D Modelling (CAD) using Fusion 360.
  • How to design your own chess piece.
  • Introduction to slicing software (Cura) and 3D printing prep.
What you will get
  • Expert tuition from an expert coach.

What to bring
  • Bring your laptop and a mouse to make it much easier to navigate!
What to wear


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Open to everyone interested!

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 Cancellations: We rarely cancel classes, but occasional things come up beyond our control. Our classes are very small to ensure you have a great learning experience, but we need a minimum of 4 students to run most of our classes. If a class is cancelled, we will get in touch by phone or email, and discuss your options which include refund, credit or transfer to another date. 

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