Product Design

x 3D Printing Workshop

Students can experience the work of designers and mechanical engineers, including: from design concepts to feasible solutions, to hand-drawn models using CAD drawing software, and then 3D printing. By participating in the workshops, students can strengthen their observation, creativity and problem-solving skills, and at the same time enhance their understanding of engineering.

How is 3D printing applied to product design?

3D printing is a rapid prototyping technology and a very popular piece of equipment. It can help us realize most of the design concepts. Through advanced slicing and computer-aided design (CAD), a simple 3D FDM printer can construct a variety of complex structural models. Learning how to use 3D printing is just the first part. In this workshop, INSPIRE instructors will not only teach students how to use 3D drawing tools and how to set up and use 3D printers, we are more focused on inspiring students to think about the reasons for using 3D printers. We focus on guiding students to observe the needs or problems in daily situations, use product design iterations, and think about feasible solutions. Students can customize the required components according to actual needs, such as creating 3D models as substitutes or making alternative accessories.




Product design concepts and Ideation

  • Describe the goals and design themes of this course

  • Outline the basic steps of product design, from finding a problem, thinking about a solution, actual measurement, to drawing by hand, and then building a model and 3D printing prototype with CAD software

  • Brainstorm preliminary design


3D Printing Technology

  • 3D printing technology principles and applications at a glance

  • The structure, operation and precautions of common FDM printers

  • Characteristics of different print materials (PLA, ABS, etc.)

  • Printing characteristics settings (layer height, surface smoothness, fill percentage, support and bottom area)

  • Steps to use a 3D printer (STL slicing-> G-code-> print)


Prototyping Drawing with Fusion 360

  • Functions and Applications of CAD Modeling Software

  • Fusion 360 interface, drawing functions (create features, modify features, sketch functions, sketch constraints, etc.)

  • Complete designated in-class projects to allow students to fully familiarize with the functions taught above

  • Learn to use engineering tools (such as calipers) to accurately measure engineering needs

  • In the final task, a revised design of their product to solve a dedicated problem would be required to be accomplished


Prototype printing and testing

  • Get familiar with the steps of using a 3D printer (including Slicing)

  • Polish the printed model and perform basic processing as required by the design, such as coloring, adding microcircuits, etc.

  • Put the prototype in the ideal use environment for testing (UAT), and then modify the design (iterative design)



  • Groups introduce their work and communicate with each other


In-class Quizzes

Assess the students' understanding of the course content, there will be several interactive game quizzes in the course.

Project Evaluation

​The three major indicators of product design-reliability, ease of use, and effectiveness; will also be evaluated by instructors and students.



Recommended specifications: CPU i5, RAM 8GB or above
-3D printer:

FDM, can print PLA or ABS materials

Extra Services

Behind-the-scenes filming service

Capturing students' moments

Other Information

Teacher-student ratio

1: 5 to 1:10, depending on the class or activity mode

Autodesk Fusion 360

Why do we choose


There are many different options in the market, one of which is FUSION 360 from Autodesk, which is free for non-profit personal use. You can register with your Autodesk account via the link below. Fusion 360 can be used as a parametric or direct modeling tool. Parametric modeling is based on the size and geometry input by the user to define the shape of the model, while direct modeling is shape-driven, which allows designers to directly manipulate the shape of the model through surface commands. Parametric modeling is mainly used for engineering design, while direct modeling is mostly used for exterior design.

Students' Work

Diversified. Practical

The workshop gives ample creative space for students to draw their own souvenirs as rewards according to their preferences.