Learn 3D Printing Online

3D printing isn't just a new technology fad, it's making a big impact in everything from fashion and jewelry, to toys and the entertainment industry, quickly becoming a vital tool for professional digital artists. 3D Smiths founder Aiman Akhtar has partnered with Mold3D Academy to offer lessons on the latest in 3D printing workflows, technology and trends. Make the decision to get your 3D printing projects off the ground today! 

Cost: Starting at $175 (Introductory Sale Price till 7/23/2017)
Duration: 8 training lectures, go at your own pace + 1 year streaming access to lecture videos
Setting: Comfort of your own home or office
Bonus: 25% off first order, discount to 3D Smiths 3D printing service
Free bottle of resin ($150 value) with a purchase of the Form2 3D Printer
Exclusive to Mold3D Academy students

CLASS CURRICULUM:

Sample Training Video:

Lecture 1  3D Printing Overview
Lecture 2   Building Keys and working with ZBrush Insert Mesh Brushes
Lecture 3  Pose and key a character, cutting methods and articulation
Lecture 4  Post processing a 3D print, cleanup and assembly
Lecture 5  3D printing for product design: mold, cast and paint your prints
Lecture 6  3D print to purpose: fashion and wearables
Lecture 7  3D printing jewelry and miniatures
Lecture 8  Present your Prints like a Pro

Learn more about the class and sign up today at Mold3DAcademy to quickly get up to speed with 3D Printing and harness the opportunities offered by this exciting tool.


Live 3D Printing Class

Are you a CG school interested in teaching students about 3D printing or a CG production studio researching 3D printing training for your staff?

Wait no more, let me bring the knowledge to you! 3D Printing for Digital Artists is a class that I offer, on-site at your school/studio, direct to your students/employees. This short training session is perfect for artists who have an understanding of 3D modeling and want to learn about the latest in 3D printing workflows, technology and trends. I talk about my journey into 3D printing as well as applications in various industries including product design, toys, collectibles, fashion, jewelry and entertainment. 

Topics include:

  • 3D printing career opportunities
  • 3D printing workflow overview
  • 3D printing toys and figurines: Pose and key a character, cutting methods and articulation
  • 3D printing for product design: Mold making and painting your sculpts
  • 3D print for fashion: Accessories, wearables and prosthetics
  • 3D printing jewelry and metals
  • How to prepare a variety of complex 3D models for FDM and SLA 3D printers
  • Post-Process: How to cleanup, assemble, finish and paint your 3D prints
  • Photograph and present your 3D prints professionally
  • Take advantage of existing 3D printing services and bureaus
  • Which 3D printers to buy, and how to become a 3D printing bureau
  • Different ways to build your own brand using 3D printing

Contact Aiman to request a customized presentation curriculum created for more advanced participants or focusing on a specific industry application.


Lecture

Cost: Starting at $500
Duration: 2-3 hours
Setting: Lecture hall, theater or auditorium with a projector/speaker system



Intended audience: CGI artists interested in broad exposure to the latest in 3D printing trends, technologies, professional workflows and applications in various industries.
Class size: 20 to 200 participants

Lecture curriculum:

  • Instructor bio
  • 3D printing career opportunities
  • 3D printing workflow overview
  • Demo: 3D print project from start to finish
  • 3D printing applications in various industries
  • Question and answer session

The advantage of the lecture format is that it requires fewer resources and can cater to a much larger audience of beginners.

Contact Aiman to request a customized lecture presentation curriculum created for more advanced participants and focusing on a specific industry application.

 

Workshop

Cost: Starting at $1,000
Duration: 7-8 hours (including a 1-hour lunch break and 2 short bathroom breaks)
Setting: Computer lab, ideally with pre-installed copies of Pixologic ZBrush, Adobe Photoshop, Preform (free) and Autodesk Meshmixer (free)

Intended audience: Digital artists interested in targeted learning of current 3D printing workflows, technologies and applications for their own and studio projects
Class size: Limit to 20 participants

Workshop curriculum:

  • Instructor bio
  • 3D printing career opportunities
  • 3D printing workflow overview
  • Demo: 3D print project from start to finish
  • Lunch break
  • 3D printing toys and figurines: Pose and key a character, cutting methods and articulation
  • 3D printing for product design: Molding and casting
  • 3D print for fashion: Accessories, wearables and prosthetics
  • 3D printing jewelry and metals
  • Present your prints like a pro

The workshop format allows for targeted discussions/learning based on class interest, as well as several short workflow demos and exercises in addition to a class project.

Bonus: Every registered student receives a sample 3D print! (Of the instructors choosing, made prior to the workshop, limit 15, advance notice required)


About the Instructor

Aiman Akhtar is a 3D Artist who specializes in stylized character development for animation and 3D print design. After 6 years of working at various commercial studios in Chicago for top brand clients such as Harley-Davidson and Hotels.com, he left to pursue a career in entertainment design in Los Angeles and has since worked for VFX, animation and game companies including Aaron Sims Creative, Alliance Studios, Method Studios, Nickelodeon, Psyop and Stoopid Buddy Studios.

In addition, Aiman is the resident 3D print expert at Mold3D Academy where he teaches 3D Printing for ZBrush Artists and shares tutorials on his projects and the 3D printing industry. 

In 2015, Aiman created 3D Smiths LLC, a character development/3D print design company which specializes in transforming 2D characters into 3D sculptures. 3D Smiths is composed of a network of professional character artists working in all aspects of the entertainment industry. We can tackle 3D sculpting/printing projects for collectible toys, products, jewelry, wearables, and even fully 3D printed costumes.


Instructor 3D Print Samples