3D Printer Workshop

May 2-4, 2014

MakerPlace – San Diego CA, USA

Build Yourself. Build Your World.

3D Printing can change the way we design, the way we build and even way we dream. This powerful new technology gives us the freedom to transform imagination and innovation into reality. It’s changing everything from Art to Architecture and from Manufacturing to Medicine. But until now, 3D Printing has been expensive and complicated. For this workshop we are working with LulzBot, the creator of one of the world’s finest open source 3D Printers, the TAZ.

This 3-Day Weekend Workshop will make 3D Printing Simple, Affordable and Open to Everyone.

During the workshop we’ll guide you through every step of building your own open source hardware, LulzBot TAZ 3D Printer Kit, the KITTAZ, as well as operating, printing and troubleshooting your new machine.

You’ll come away with a great 3D Printer and the knowledge and confidence to create amazing things – all for a savings of $400 off the cost of the fully assembled machine that retails for $1995.

The workshop will present an overview of the exploding world of 3D Printing as well as detailed info on the various printing materials and software. We will also cover how to create basic models, modify existing 3D models and use advanced print techniques available in the MatterControl Software designed by our Instructor, Lars Brubaker.

As the LulzBot printer is an open source hardware design and MatterControl is open source software, we will also discuss modifying the printer and other advantages of open source hardware and software.

Open Source Ecology’s Build Yourself Workshops are designed for all skill levels – for artists, animators, architects, modelers, makers, designers, engineers, educators, students, hobbyists, entrepreneurs and business executives.

  • Our expert and entertaining instructor will pack each day with experiential insights, tips and tricks.
  • Building the printer yourself will help you better understand and master the machine.
  • You’ll find out what to do when the print doesn’t work… gaining the critical skills to avoid those frustrating and discouraging experiences that lead to your new purchase gathering dust in a corner.

The Open Source Ecology – LulzBot 3D Printer Workshop will be a fun, collaborative learning event where you’ll get the essential tools and the skills you need to “create” in compelling new ways… and become a part of the Next Industrial Revolution.

For more information contact OSE’s Documentation Manager, Rob Kirk: rob&#64opensourceecology.org or 310-739-1771


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Lars Brubaker is a software geek, 3D printer enthusiast, and entrepreneur who is passionate about ‘enabling people through technology.’

He is the co-founder and CEO of MatterHackers, Inc., a company that provides solutions to users and manufacturers of desktop 3D printers. He is the creator of MatterControl software, an open source program that makes 3D Printing easy.

Prior to co-founding MatterHackers, Brubaker worked for many years in the video games industry where, as the founding CEO of game studio Reflexive Entertainment, he helped to pioneer the web-based digital distribution of video games. Reflexive Entertainment was purchased by Amazon.com in 2008.

At MatterHackers he plays many roles, acting as CEO, CTO and software developer. He is the lead programmer for the 3D printing software MatterControl and a contributor to the RepRap community.

Lars is a fun, dynamic speaker and an excellent teacher.


The Workshop will be held at MakerPlace in San Diego. It’s a dream shop for makers with complete metal, wood and electronic shops, work areas and a great classroom. MakerPlace is near Sea World and Old Town San Diego.

1022 West Morena Blvd.
Suite H
San Diego, California 92110


Day 1: Friday 6pm – 10pm


Preparing the Kits

  • Unpack Kits
  • Confirm parts
  • Confirm tools
  • Gameplan for Build
Day 2: Saturday, 9am – 8pm

(earlier start for non-Friday attendees)


  • Breakfast and schmoozing
  • Review Gameplan

Build the Kits:

  • Step-by-Step via Dozuki guide documentation
  • Modify Dozuki along the way based on our Build
  • Lunch
  • Continue Build until completion
  • If time allows, we will begin Day Three curriculum
Day 3: Sunday 9am – 6pm


  • Breakfast and schmoozing
  • Confirm Gameplan

Printer Setup

  • Leveling the build platform
  • Calibration
  • Loading and changing filament reels

Print Your First Model

  • Print a sample model
  • Download an open source 3D model
  • Prep the model in Matter Control software and print it.


From CAD to Print: Design and Print Your Own Model

  • Design a basic part
  • Prepare your model for print
  • Convert the model to STL/OBJ format
  • Verify if your model is manifold (valid for printing)

Matter Control Software

  • Overview
  • In Depth look at the software for simple printing and more advanced settings
  • Speed vs. Resolution
  • Infill
  • Raft
  • Automatic support structures
  • Printing your model from SD Card vs. printing from your computer
  • Sharing a printer with multiple users in a classroom or workplace environment

Maintaining Your LulzBot Printer


Registration Fee for Weekend Workshop: $1595 (includes complete Kit & Workshop)
Registration Fee for Team Members (up to 3 per Kit): $125

True Fans: Receive a 25% discount on all of our workshops. If you are not yet a True Fan, you can sign up as a True Fan now to become eligible for the True Fans discount on future workshops.

If you would like to attend but cannot afford the admission, we can put you on the wait list. If the workshop does not fill up or if there is someone willing to cover your fee as a donor, we can accept you. Please email us.

Cancellation Policy
If for any reason you can’t attend a workshop you registered for we will be happy to (a) transfer you credit towards a future 3D Printer workshop; (b) or equivalent credit towards any other other OSE Build Yourself Workshop; (c) substitute the name on your ticket and have a friend take your place.

Pay with Check

For payment with paypal/credit card see below. If you’d rather pay with a check, fill out this form. Please make checks payable to Open Source Ecology, and mail them to PO Box 442, Maysville, MO 64469. Write “May 3D Printer Workshop” along with “Kit Builder” or “Team Member” in the memo line.

Pay with Paypal / Credit Card

To pay with paypal/credit card, please use the the Eventbrite form below. Note that Eventbrite charges a fee for the service in addition to the workshop fee – if you wish to avoid this, see check payment instructions above.

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