Education Resources

Get Started with 3DP!

Are your students tinkerers, makers, artists, explorers, inventors, engineers or all these things at once? Are you? You don’t need a specific type of printer, expensive software or even hardware to start with 3D Design! What you need are resources and tools, right? Tools that you – and your students – can easily access and use on any desktop, laptop, tablet. Even a phone. Get started with design thinking, digitizing ideas, modeling, printing and more with the following resources. We have grouped these resources in the following four categories: General Resources, Books and Print, Design Software, Slicers.

General Resources


Books and Print


  • Getting Started with 3D Printing: A Hands-on Guide to the Hardware, Software, & Services That Make the 3D Printing Ecosystem
  • The Zombie Apocalypse Guide to 3D printing: Designing and printing practical objects
  • 3D Printing for Dummies
  • 3D Printing Failures: 2020 Edition: How to Diagnose and Repair ALL Desktop 3D Printing Issues
  • 3D Printing 101: The Ultimate Beginners Guide
  • 3D Printing (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)
  • The 3D Printing Cookbook: Tinkercad Edition: 3D Design Lessons for 3D Printing Classes
  • Functional Design for 3D Printing 2nd edition: Designing 3D printed things for everyday use
  • Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom 2nd Edition
  • Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your SchoolRe-making the Library Makerspace: Critical Theories, Reflections, & Practice

Design Software

(Free, Open Source, or Education Pricing and access)


Slicer Software

(Free, Open Source, or Education Pricing and access)



Please note: We provide these 3rd party links and resources as references based on feedback from educators and parents alike. We do not own the linked content and content owners can change their resources at any time. We do not guarantee suitability or appropriateness for age or skill level. Please use at your own discretion. 2021