If you just want to print something look for files online. The easiest files to use are .stl and .obj depending on the type of printer you have.
Step 1: Go to thingiverse.com or google “sites like thingiverse” to find a model you want. You can also just Google something like “.stl bird”. Not all files that you find are necessarily free.
Step 2: Download and save.
Step 3: Open with a computer that has a slicer that is connected to the 3D printer. If you’re using a MakerBot Printer, use MakerBot Desktop. If you’re using the FormLabs Form 1+, open PreForm.
Step 4: Make sure the object is printable (on the platform, not too much overhang without support, scaled correctly, etc.) and press print.
Step 5: Wait for it to finish and take off the platform with the spatula.
If you want to design something:
- If you have no CAD experience, start with this one: TinkerCAD(online): TinkerCAD has its own built in tutorial lessons when you create a new account. These can also be found here: https://www.tinkercad.com/quests/
TinkerCAD’s official YouTube page has video tutorials and can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/user/Tinkercad
- If you’re pretty handy with CAD from back in the day, go ahead and start with this one: Sketchup (download): Sketchup can be downloaded here: http://www.sketchup.com/ Some helpful YouTube tutorial channels include:
- Start with Step 2 above