Welcome to the 3D printing era

Create your own 3D printed models on this fun and practical course. You will be introduced to different methods of producing three-dimensional models with a hands-on approach, from initial sketch models through to presentation models. This course will demonstrate how 3D printers work, show what people make with them, and examine the 3D printing ecosystem. It will also explore the future of 3D printing and discuss how this technology will revolutionise our world.

Topics covered

  • Understanding the transitions from the hand-drawn to digital processes
  • Controlling prototyping techniques
  • Translating your sketch to the 3D printing techniques
  • Remixing and customising physical objects
  • Gaining an appreciation in 3D printing technologies

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course you will be able to turn your ideas into physical designs. By engaging in these various learning activities, you will increase an appreciation for what 3D printing is and its revolutionary and diverse uses.

What you need to bring

A laptop and notepad/pen.


5 weeks


Coming soon 


£285 (inc. VAT)

About the tutor: Alberto Villanueva

Alberto Villanueva is a Spanish architect. He holds a Master of Architecture from the European University of Madrid and a MA in Environment Design at Ravensbourne with a distinction, where he has developed a project researching the possibilities of 3D printers and new materials in the colonization of planet Mars, as a solution to generate architectures in extreme environments. Project noted by The Royal Academy of Arts and featured in publications like Dezeen, designboom, Archdaily, The Spaces or DesignCurial.

Currently he is sessional lecturer for the postgraduate courses. Alberto also teach for the Contextual Studies unit (Theory and Context and Dissertation Preparation), coordinates the Postgraduate Mentoring Programme and is lecturer for the Greenwich Digital Skills.

Alberto is the Head of IDEA architecture office,  a multi-disciplinary firm based in London that creates and innovates in architecture and design. IDEA's projects have a strong connection to the natural environment, new technologies and anticipate the demands of society. Enduring, classical design principles permeate the work, yet mingle with new trends in design and architecture.

Alberto's academic projects cover a wide range of scope in scale and have significantly diverse projectual approaches. His academic work and research included sites like Spain, South Korea, China, Slovenia, Italy, France, EAU, United States or even the planet Mars

Any questions?

Please contact us on shortcourses@rave.ac.uk

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