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3D printing curriculum for schools and home learning

Learnbylayers is the solution to teaching 3D printing in the classroom. Trusted by schools around the world, our curriculum will teach your students 3D printing. Watch our quick explainer video below to find out more.


Lessons for all levels from Beginners to Advanced.

From beginner tutorials, intermediate, advanced and expert lessons, learnbylayers teaches students to become confident in 3D Printing and designing for 3D printing. Every level comes with example files to 3D print to support the delivery of the curriculum along with differentiated design challenges to allow all students to make progress in class regardless of their ability. As part of the lesson resources, students will learn 3D CAD and how to create their own models to 3D print using TinkerCAD and Fusion360 or Onshape (all free for education) and then how to prepare their designs for 3D printing using slicing software. There are over 280 resources published as part of the curriculum that allow the lessons to be taught straight 'out of the box'.

Lessons designed with world leading software.

Free for teachers and students to use. Easy to follow tutorials. Promotes design thinking skills.

STUDENTS learning

What Teachers Say

Testimonials from current teachers using the learnbylayers curriculum..

shanice welsh

Shanice Welsh

Design teacher Sale High School

“Lessons are engaging and simple to follow, especially for teachers who have no experience in 3D printing! Lessons can be adapted and edited but in my opinion, they don’t need to be! Everything is already included and ready to go as they include detailed lesson plans and all the basics of an outstanding lesson (observation ready!)”

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John Donnelly

Head of Technology, St James C of E school, Founder of

“I’m no novice to teaching CAD or 3D printing, but the quality of the resources available from learnbylayers is second to none. I have used the lesson plans and resources in lesson observations with fantastic results, the videos included in the lessons really enable pupils to work at the own pace which leads to a perfect differentiated lesson.”

dave bauser

Dave Bauser

DT Teacher, author of 'TopBrumD&T' and DATA consultant

“User friendly, easy to follow, clearly explained and good links. Ideal resource to support your delivery. As a relative newcomer to 3D Printing this has certainly helped my understanding.”

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Paul Bowyer

Head of Technology. Sandbach Boys School

“The information sets the foundations of 3D Printing and explains its important and ever increasing role in society.  The easy to follow lessons allow pupils to develop their understanding of 3D Printing and experience the science behind it and the application.”

Dwain Martell

Dwain Brandy

Design and Technology teacher at Oasis Academy, Media city UK

“This is an essential 3D printing resource for the future of Design Technology. I use the scheme of learnings within my long term planning for Design and Technology. This has been essential for adapting with the new Design Technology GCSE. The individual lessons are simple to follow and ideal for beginners and experienced practitioners.”

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