Introduction to 3D Printing for Designers Certificate

Learn to create a functional working prototype

3D printed figures

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Learn all 3D printing has to offer you and your business. In this certificate, you will learn the basics of CAD modeling, 3D print a model you’ve designed, overcome design constraints of rapid prototyping, and learn to identify which of the digital fabrication techniques best suits the needs of your designs. You’ll learn to incorporate digital fabrication resources into your work while maintaining realistic cost and time expectations for your projects.

This certificate is geared towards designers, makers, and DIY’ers from all industries.


  • Basic computer skills
  • Access to a laptop/macbook with a 3-button scroll wheel mouse is helpful but not mandatory

*If you think you are eligible for the 10% Alumni Discount, please complete the Alumni Verification Form prior to registration in order to receive your discount code.

Note: This certificate was previously numbered TDP 001.

Learn How To3D printed objects

  • Create models that meet the criteria of 3D printing
  • Identify different types of 3D printing methods
  • Understand the basics of multiple slicing softwares
  • Compare material advantages and disadvantages of various filaments
  • Know the potential of additive manufacturing vs. subtractive manufacturing
  • Access CAD resources outside the classroom

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Why FIT?

  • Courses taught by top industry experts
  • Curriculum Designed by FIT's Creative Technology & Design (CT&D) subject area which is a leader in digital design education
  • Earn a certificate from FIT, a world-renowned design school

Meet Your Instructor 

Muhammed Shahadat Muhammed Shahadat
Muhammed Shahadat has worked as a designer, lecturer, fabrication technician, and project designer for various industries in the U.S. before becoming a professor at FIT. His expertise is in 3D printing and digital fabrication, with a focus on both traditional and mass production approaches to design. Muhammed has a keen understanding of the challenges in the rapid prototyping industry. His studies on emerging new technology has helped the college expand its services to help students create new concepts using a broader spectrum of materials. He frequently collaborates with designers and artists on multi-disciplinary projects, including in the fields of toy design, product design, fashion, and event design.


  • Course Introduction and Objectives
  • Understanding Digital Fabrication
  • Introduction to Parametric Modeling
  • 3D Modeling Basics
  • Making a Name Plate/Pendant
  • CAD Virtual Modeling with Design Constraints for 3D Printing
  • Making a Chain
  • 3D Modeling
  • Making a Ring/Chess Piece
  • Overview of 3D Repositories
  • Modifying Open Source Files
  • PrintFX Orientation
  • Slicing Software
  • Finishing Techniques
  • Advance 3D Modeling

Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS)

FIT's CCPS offers credit and noncredit certificates and courses in fashion, business, design, technology, and marketing, to help you enter into or advance your career in the fashion and related industries. With short programs and flexible schedules, you can learn at a time and pace you can manage and afford.