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About the Course

We will be going over how to prepare models for FDM and SLA printers, different production lines and things you never thought would matter. Going over the setup for statues, props and articulation for your 3D prints. I will show you what it takes and how preparation can save you time and money moving forward with the collectibles industry. What does it take to go from digital to a printed part? This course will dive deep into the two more common printing methods. I will show you how to prepare your models for printing and production. You will also learn what you should look for to make the printing method flow with the least amount of difficulty. Plus, I will show you how to overcome the limitations of printers and software.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Know why and how you cut up models.

  • Understand FDM and SLA printing overview in relation to your process.

  • The relationship with SLA and molding processes.

  • Have a tool kit for cut up and keying assets of many types and styles.

  • Have a better understanding of supports.

  • Have an understanding of slicing software.


  • What is the difference between the Live and On Demand Course?

    The Live course includes live interaction with your instructor. There is a private session that only Live students can attend. This happens at least twice a month. There are also live streaming sessions the students can attend. The on demand course does not include instructor interaction. Think of it as a tutorial set.

  • When does the course begin?

    The course begins immediately upon purchase. You get the entire course immediately. No need to wait. Jump in and start today.

  • How do I get feedback and help?

    If you purchase the live class, you have immediate access to your instructor. You can post your homework in the homework sections. You can also email your instructor or catch them on Discord.

  • What happens when registration closes?

    You will have to wait till the next open registration to join the course.

  • How will I know when there are live sessions?

    There is a calendar for every course that will let you know the time and place of every live session.

  • What am I getting for my money?

    This course will change your life. You are not only buying information, you are investing in yourself. The amount of information you will get from this course is insane. If you put the time in, you will grow as an artist.

  • Life-Time Access?

    Yes! You get actual Life-Time Access to any course you purchase. What does this mean? Well, anything that is added, changed, amended, or developed for this course, you will have access to. You will always have access. FOR LIFE!

  • How long are the courses?

    Each courses length can change at any time. It may get longer (never shorter). Every course you take at your own pace. The course can be 5 weeks, or 2 years. It is up to you!

  • What kind of 1 on 1 interaction will I have with my instructor?

    You will have live private sessions with the instructor to get feedback and critiques. You may also contact your instructor in several other ways as well.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
  • 2

    Overview of FDM and SLA Printers

  • 3

    Homework Sessions

    • Thor Cutup - Session 01

    • Thor Cutup - Session 02

    • Thor Cutup - Session 03

    • Thor Cutup - Session 04

    • Thor Cutup - Session 05

    • Thor Cutup - Session 06

    • Homework PDF

  • 4

    Types of Cuts and Keys

    • Cleanup and Prep

    • Straight Cuts: How and Where to Apply

    • What is a Cuff Key?

    • Contour Cut: How and Where to Apply

    • Whittled Down Contour Cut

    • Coffin Keys

    • Homework

  • 5

    The Basics of FDM Cutting

    • UnderCut Mold Lock and Cut Methodology

    • Standardization of Tools

    • Cut-Up for FDM

    • Standardized Keys for SLA

    • Homework

  • 6

    How to Cut-up a Model for Over-sized Prints

  • 7

    Setting Up Sprue and Support

    • Sprue Setup

    • Hand Made Supports

    • ChiTuBOX Overview

    • CURA

    • Homework

  • 8

    Articulated Joints

    • Poseable Figures and Joints

  • 9

    Live Sessions

    • MBD - Live Session - 02-09-2020 - Session 01

    • MBD - Live Session - 02-16-2020 - Session 01

    • MBD - Live Session - 02-16-2020 - Session 02

    • MBD - Live Session - 02-20-2020

    • MBD - Live Session - 02-23-2020 - Session 02

    • MBD - Live Session - 03-01-2020 - Session 01 - Part 1

    • MBD - Live Session - 03-01-2020 - Session 01 - Part 2

    • MBD - Live Session - 03-01-2020 - Session 02

    • MBD - Live Session - 03-08-2020 - Session 02

    • MBD - Live Session - 03-15-2020 - Session 01

    • MBD - Live Session - 03-15-2020 - Session 02

What Exactly is This Course?

We’ll be going over the few types of processes for the two types of printers. The FDM and SLA printer models and their variants. I will show you the major benefits of cutting up a model such as; reduced cost, improved quality and complexity. Overall you’ll have better control of your end-product and what goes into engineering a model for production.

Pricing options (Live Registration Closed)

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Software Requirements

  • Zbrush 

  • ChiTuBox (Free DL)  

  • Cura 4.0 (Free DL) 

  • Intermediate knowledge of Zbrush 

  • Tablet  

  • A microphone for communicating  

Meet Your Instructor

Eric Askue


“Every problem has a solution. You just have to be creative enough to find it.” - Travis Kalanick. Problem-solving is the key to my work and one of the things I love the most about what I do as an artist working with additive manufacturing (3D printing). I’ve been working with 3D printing for ten plus years, and before that CG arts and traditional work. I’ve had a hunger for art and visual storytelling that has only gotten more revenues as I’ve gained more experience. I hope that you have the same hunger and love for what I might be able to share with you.

Course Features

  • Unlimited Life-Time Access to the course!

    As an XMD Academy member, you get unlimited Life-Time access to the course. Every time the course is updated with new content, it is yours to keep!

  • Join an Evergrowing Community

    Join 1000s of artists in an online massive community where you can show your work, get insight, and critiques from fellow industry professionals.

  • Q&A Live Sessions

    You will have the opportunity to be a part of Q&A Live Sessions with the instructor. Each live session will be scheduled on the course calendar and recorded for your viewing later if you happen to miss it.

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  • Included!

    A FREE Membership to is included with your course purchase.

  • 10 Complete Modules

    There are 10 action packed modules for several weeks worth of learning.

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