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STEM Hosts Introduction to 3D Printing and CAD Workshop

Updated: Jan 19

Paterson, NJ - On December 2nd and 9th, STEM hosted a two-day workshop for students to participate in 3D printing.

Professor David Hernandez and student instructor Joseph Huaylla guided students in the designing and printing process.

On Friday the 2nd, the designing process part of the workshop took place in room E210. Several students showed up to design their 3D print- where Joseph Huaylla guided the software.

The program used was a web-based software named Tinkercad, which is free as long as you have a school email, and is available for up to three years after attendance.

Huaylla's examples made from 3D printer


On Friday the 9th, students were taken to the STEM Makerspace room to print their designs.

Located in Room A312

The files created fromTinkercad were downloaded as STL files that were then transported to the program Ultimaker , a 3D printing slicing software that grabs the 3D model and prepares the file for printing. It does so by slicing the model into multiple layers and determines the quality and strength needed for it to be made.

Once this part of the process was complete, the 3D printing began.

Huaylla assisting students in their designs

The plastic used in creating the model was PLA plastic- which is derived from recycled material and waste, a better choice for the environment.

3D printing in the process


For future 3D printing projects, students must submit a resource request form to the STEM Department.

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