What is your advice on getting started with 3D printing? Could you recomend any good institutions/organizations for a crash course?
Looking at venturing into 3D printing in India catering to multiple industries like manufacturing, modeling etc. How can I receive the best guidance/advice on 3D printing?
My company recently finished a marketing campaign for 3D printer start up. M3D is the name of the company. They are a young group of entrepreneur who seem to have a ton of knowledge of the industry as far as design and technology.
They may a good resource and possible partnership.
I found the smaller manufactures produced poor quality printers so I have used i.materialise.com for my 3D prints and found them to be exceptionally good quality. They also have a great 'makers' community. If you wanted to experiment with the technology before spending money on a top end printer use them or similar. But I would recommend paying more and getting a fine detail printer.
Linda.com has many great lessons. You could look at some of the new photoshop 3D printing features. You can output to your 3D printer or a manufacturing company that will print it and ship it to you. Lots of different materials and options.
Lynda.com has great tutorials. There is also a website called 3dprintingindustry.com you could look at. If I were to start learning about 3D printing, I would first look into the technology. Decide what printer or type of 3D printing you would like to do. Then I would learn how to use that specific printer and purchase it. Then you could learn how to use that specific printer. Each printer will be different, so I would suggest investigate which printer you would purchase and them learn how to use that printer. I would also attend any tech industry expose that showcase products that are the newest. Another thing I would do is visit print shops that are local to you that have 3D printers and see how they work. Ask the owners questions and how they began their business.