Course details

3D Printing and Digital Fabrication for Creative Industries 1

1DS-Z FaVU 1DS-Z Acad. year 2023/2024 Winter semester 2 credits

In this course, students acquire basic knowledge and skills in 3D printing and digital manufacturing. The lectures are aimed at explaining the basic principles and technologies of 3D printing and comparing them with other methods of digital production (CNC and robotic production, laser machining). The lectures will explain the rules for creating spatial objects, their inspection and repair, and the preparation of G-code for the successful start of printing. In the tutorials, learners will learn about 3D printer operation, maintenance and repair and gain basic knowledge about the selection of printing materials.



Language of instruction




Time span

  • 13 hrs lectures
  • 13 hrs seminar




Learning objectives

The aim of the course is to introduce students to 3D printing technology and digital fabrication and examples of their applications in the field of art and design. Students will learn the rules of creating 3D models and designing for 3D printing or repairing them. They will also gain a basic understanding of printing materials, calibration of printing machines and the 3D printing process. On the basis of practical exercises, learners will gain the necessary knowledge and experience for further independent work in the field of spatial design using current technologies.


Gain basic knowledge of 3D printing technology and digital manufacturing. Independent work with 3D printer and its maintenance. Understanding of the 3D printing process and the ability to prepare a flawless model for 3D printing.


Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic knowledge of working with a personal computer, ability to navigate in virtual space, patience and interest in 3D technology. Experience with 3D scanning or a 3D program (e.g. Rhinoceros, Blender, Maya, SketchUp, etc.). Basic English, manual dexterity.


Fundamental literature

  • Neil Hopkinson, Richard Hague, Philip Dickens, Rapid Manufacturing: An Industrial Revolution for the Digital Age
  • CHUA, Chee Kai a Kah Fai LEONG. 3D printing and additive manufacturing: principles and applications. New Jersey: World Scientific, 2017.
  • KLOSKI, Liza Wallach a Nick KLOSKI. Začínáme s 3D tiskem. Brno: Computer Press, 2017.

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Introduction to 3D printing and digital manufacturing, history
  2. 3D printing technology and available printing materials
  3. Comparison with other digital fabrication technologies
  4. Ethical and environmental issues in 3D printing
  5. Basic principles of 3D model making
  6. Modifying and preparing 3D models for 3D printing
  7. 3D printer operation, maintenance and basic repair
  8. Calibration of the 3D printer and setting of printing parameters
  9. Choosing and selecting a suitable printing material
  10. Optimization and preparation of 3D models for printing
  11. Post-processing - cleaning, error correction and joining
  12. Independent work on the project, mastering the entire printing process

Progress assessment

The following conditions are set for the award of credit:

  • Attendance at classes and active participation in workshops
  • Work on practical assignments and projects
  • Continuous submission of work outputs


Teaching takes place in the classrooms of the FFA BUT in the hours determined by the schedule. Attendance is compulsory (2 unexcused absences allowed). Higher number of absences can be compensated by submitting an alternative assignment after agreement with the teachers.



Mon lecture lectures U5/118 12:0012:50999 1BIA 1BIB 2BIA 2BIB 3BIT xx Králík
Mon exercise lectures U5/118 13:0013:50999 1BIA 1BIB 2BIA 2BIB 3BIT xx Králík

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme BIT, 1st year of study, Elective
  • Programme BIT (in English), 1st year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 1st year of study, Elective
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