BECOME A CREATOR by building your own 3d printer
Our first build camp WAS
Saturday june 25, 2016 AND IT WAS AWESOME!
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experience 3d printers by building one!

it's easy to get into 3d printing by building your own and learning how to use it. we'll help you do that in one day!

3d printer kit

We've selected the Prusa i3 printer designed by Joseph Prusa. It's a powerful printer capable of utilizing a variety of materials and creating objects as large as 200x200x200 cm. We'll help you build one that you'll take home at the end of the day! If you want to skip our build camp you can buy one yourself on Amazon.

3d software

Creating 3D objects is surprisingly easy and incredibly fun. There are lots of free tool at your disposal. We'll introduce you to Tinkercad, which runs entirely inside your web browser. By the end of the day we'll help you create an object and print it on your own Prusa i3. We'll also introduce you to the world 3D printed shapes readily available for download.

tips & tricks

While 3D printing is easier than it used to be, there are still some important tips and tricks to making it work reliably and predictably, especially with different materials, complex shapes and other challenges. We'll share some of the things we've learned to make your experience more enjoyable and productive.


We started the Eastside 3D Printer BUILD CAMP to introduce 3d printing to Enthusiasts in the seattle area. Join us. build a printer. start creating! Then, show other people how to do the same!

kit introduction

Josef Průša created this kit to bring affordable, high-quality 3D printing to everyone. His kit is well designed. All the parts and tools required for assembly are included. He has also embraced the instructional format popularized by the site ifixit.com. You can buy his kit directly from his company, from Amazon or by enrolling in our one-day printer build camp.

Intro to Tinkercad

There's lots of 3D modeling software available on both PC and Mac platforms. However, one of the very best is also one of the most accessible. It's Tinkercad - a platform that was purchased by Autocad. It's free, and run from inside your web browser. So, there's nothing to install! It's amazingly powerful and also lots of fun to use.

additional information

you probably have some QUESTIONs. Let us try to answer them.

One Day. One very long [but super fun] day!

We thought "wouldn't it be cool to build a 3D printer in one day and then have it completed and ready to use by the time you left the class?" Impossible you say? Have more faith in yourself - and the kit we've selected for the program - the Prusa i3.We built ours and it took under six hours. So, we're thinking we can do the same in a group setting. Plus, we've learned some tricks we think will make the task go even faster. So. here's how the day will shake out at the Eastside 3D Printer Build Camp:


  • 08:00 - Introductions and printer kit delivery
  • 08:30 - Building begins
  • 10:30 - Status update & break
  • 11:45 - Lunch and introduction to Tinkercad


  • 12:30 - Building resumes
  • 02:30 - Break and introduction to Slic3r
  • 02:45 - Building continues
  • 04:00 - Progress review
  • 04:30 - Break and introduction to thingiverse.com
  • 05:00 - Building final phase - testing
  • 06:00 - Event ends (unless it needs to run late...)

Requirements (what you need to bring)

We're providing the Prusa i3 kit. It includes all the parts and tools required to successfully build the product. All that you need to bring is a computer (Mac or PC) that you can connect to WiFi so that you can use Tinkercad to create your first 3D model to print on your printer, when it's fully assembled and ready for testing. Your computer should also be capable of reading and writing a full-sized SDCard (one a provided with your kit).

While we will be providing lunch and snacks, you should bring whatever other munchies you think will be necessary to power you through the day. Coffee, tea and hot water will be available too.

Extras we provide

We're providing a few extra tools and goodies to make the job go even faster and get you on your way to successfully using and enjoying your printer. Even though the Prusa comes with the necessary IKEA-like socket wrenches, we think they're often a pain to use - especially if you have to turn a bolt many times. So, we're including some specialty drivers to make it easier. We've also discovered that while the Prusa comes with a really cool heated bed that can be precisely temperature controlled, PLA prints really well when blue painter's tape is applied on the bed. It doesn't even need to be heated! So, we're including a roll to get you started. Additionally, 3D printing is all about dimensional accuracy. One way to model your world accurately is with a good set of digital calipers. So, we're including one of those too. We think you'll have lots of fun using it to measure things you intend to print.

The Prusa i3

The 3D printer selected for our build camp is the venerable Prusa i3 designed and developed by Josef Průša. He has worked on the RepRap project since 2009. His i3 design is opened sourced, includes a full-metal print-head and a heated bed. According to 3DHubs, the Prusa i3 is the most used 3D printer.

  • Print area – 8000 cm3 (200 x 200 x 200 mm or 8 x 8 x 8 inches)
  • Open frame design for easy use
  • Integrated LCD for use without a computer
  • SD card support (8 GB included) and USB port
  • 0.4 mm E3D nozzle
  • Now with 1.75mm filament! Improved performance.
  • Easy multicolor printing
  • Layer height from 0.05 mm
  • Heated print bed for warpless 3D printing from any material
  • Maximal speed of 200 mm/s
  • Supported materials – PLA, ABS, PET, HIPS, Flex PP, Ninjaflex, Laywood, Laybrick, Nylon, Bamboofill and more
  • Step size in X/Y axes – 10 micron
  • 1 kg (2 lbs) PLA filament included (likely silver)
  • Average power consumption 50 W (printing PLA) or 90 W (printing ABS)
  • Exterior dimensions 42 x 42 x 38 cm (16.5 x 16.5 x 15 inches), weight 6,5 kg (14 lbs)
  • Specially optimized firmware for quiet printing

Printer + Education + Fun

The cost of attending the one-day Eastside 3D Printer Build Camp is $725. For that price you can have up to two people attend (lunch and snacks will be provided) and, at the end of the day, you'll walk home with your own fully assembled Prusa i3 printer. If you bought the kit yourself on Amazon it would cost $599. So, we're charging a little more to secure the build space, pay for food and cover the cost of the extras we provide.

When you arrive at the build camp we will already have your printer kit ready for you to use. Everything you need for the day will be provided.

Thinkspace in Redmond, WA

The Eastside 3D Printer Build Camp was lucky to find a venue partner in Thinkspace, the Eastside's leading high-tech co-working and incubation space. Their mission is to build a strong community of entrepreneurs, tech startups, small businesses, and non-profits which share similar core values. They passionately operate as a part of each company’s team; celebrating in their successes, contributing to their sustainable growth, and creating an environment that inspires.


8201 164th Ave NE, Suite 200
Redmond, WA 98052


The Thinkspace office is in a modern building with all the resources and facilities required to host our one-day event.


Of course! It's fast too!