Laser Cutting & 3D Printing

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Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Art and Design, Media, Photography

Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Part Time Evening

Crosskeys Campus



Discounts may be available
Please note, all advertised fees are for one year only, unless otherwise stated in the additional information below
Start Date

Start Date
06 November 2024

Start Time

Start Time

End Time

End Time


5 weeks

In a nutshell

Do you want to create your own handcrafted edition of your favourite board game? do you want to create unique boards and playing pieces for your own board game design? Perhaps you want to create professional looking terrain for your tabletop battles. This is the course for you!

In this digital fabrication course we’ll be going over the basics of 3D Modelling, 3D Printing and Laser cutting. This course is designed for beginners to gain an understanding of how to prototype ideas for tabletop games. The emphasis for the course is on building skills and confidence using a range of 3D printers, modelling software, laser cutters and design software enabling you to get the most out your 3D printer and laser cutter as a hobby or for business.

This course is for...

...anyone who wants to learn about 3D printing and laser cutting for hobbies like model making and tabletop games to crafts, product design and engineering.

Course content

You will cover:

  • Design your own 3D models in Autodesk Maya and Blender
  • Design your own game boards and laser cut them on plywood or acrylic sheets
  • Master proper "slicing" software settings for best print results
  • Set up your printer for proper first layer adhesion
  • Find free ready-made files to download and print yourself
  • Get recommendations on which printer and "slicing" software to start with
  • Creating vector graphics and cutting guides for a range of flat sheet materials

This course will take you on a journey through the entire tabletop game prototyping process—from designing your own 3D models in a 3D design software, to then preparing it to print it in the “slicing” software, and finally printing the game pieces or figures. This course will show you step by step from start to finish how the entire 3D printing process works. It might seem overwhelming, but it’s actually incredibly simple and easy to do.

You'll need regular attendance and an enthusiasm for the subject.

Entry Requirements

You will be required to have basic knowledge of using a personal computer.

Additional information

The School of Creative Arts is offering a suite of courses throughout the year.

The courses we are currently offering are:

  • Textiles
  • Ceramics
  • Print Making
  • Photography
  • 3D Printing
  • Creative Wellbeing and Arts Practice
  • DJ Skills using Ableton Live
  • Performing Arts
  • Singing for Pleasure
  • Creative Writing
  • Furniture Upcycling and Craft
  • Jewellery Making
  • Digital Drawing Using Procreate
  • Launching a Creative Venture/Business

Beyond this course there is a progression route for you to enrol onto the Advanced Digital Fabrication course.

Where can I study Laser Cutting & 3D Printing?

Crosskeys Campus
(Part Time Evening)
Start Date: 06 November 2024

This course may be available at other dates, times or campuses, please click to view your options.

After booking your course you have 14 days to change your mind and request a full refund. You can still request a refund after this date, but this will only be given if you meet the criteria from the college fee policy.

If your chosen course starts within 14 days of you booking your place, then the 14 day refund policy does not apply and any refund will be subject to the college fee policy.

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team