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India’s first ever 3D printing school in the foothills of Himalayas

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The Art of Making Foundation was started in 2020 by Shweta Thapa, Col. Milan Thapa and Swati Suman. The organization is a global non-profit (Registered as Trust under Indian Trust Act)  working towards dedicated STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) education for school & College students, women, and  rural artisans. The training center has its base located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. The Art of Making Foundation has trained over 370 students, 27 Teachers, and 8 rural women so far. 

3D printing is no longer a new technology for manufacturing purposes. Industries like Healthcare, Automobiles, Aerospace, Research & development have been extensively using this technology for the last 3 decades.

Although in India, the user base of this technology is restricted to prototyping only, and now with the reduced cost of 3D printers & raw materials many industries are considering batch production using this technology.

One of the unique things which Art of Making does is skill development of women & girls in 3D printing and then these girls manufacture eco-friendly gifts, toys, models, and prototypes at their production unit.

Onsite training

The training modules are at different levels for different age groups and their digital literacy. Several projects running for different stakeholders: 

3Devi– Annual Cohort of 5 College Girls Apply Now

3Discover– Pan India 3D Printing Awareness program for all. Apply Now

3D Steps–  Training of Students from Schools & Colleges across the globe. Apply Now

3D Trainer– Teachers training Program. Apply Now

3Dpreneur– Entrepreneurship programs for girls above 16 years belonging to below poverty line category. Apply Now

Online trainings

Learning courses are available on Udemy platform. These courses are curated by our interns, industry experts and allows our trained girls to be an educator as well.

3D Jewelry


Architectural Modelling

Eco-Friendly Toy

Smart Kitchenwares

Learning outcomes

The students certified by The Art of Making Foundation will have a basic knowledge of :

  • Different types of 3D Printers like FDM, DLP, SLA, and additive manufacturing technologies 
  • Different 3D slicing software. 
  • Repair and Service 3D Printers. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and effective communication. 
  • Computer skills, minimum Microsoft office. 
  • Basic Internet & coding skills

Batch production

Making products is a great way towards Sustainability. We believe in giving an opportunity to our girls to be self-dependent and manufacture unique products from anywhere & anytime. The manufacturing Unit in the Dehradun location is a hub for eco-friendly printing material. The product line is currently being developed by our trained women & girls. Currently, Products like Corporate Gifts, Toys, Home Décor, Jewellery, Architectural Models, Masks and Industrial Prototypes are being manufactured. A detailed list of products made by local women of Dehradun can be found here

Job opportunities

After getting job ready skill-set with us, the learners will be suitable for the following jobs roles:

  • STEAM Educator
  • Graphic Designer
  • 3D Printing Editor for AM Magazine
  • Lab Assistant 
  • 3D Modeler/Sculptor/Designer
  • 3D Printing Operator
  • Product Designer
  • 3D Trainer
  • Sales Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • R&D Engineer
  • Automotive Design  
  • Process development & Planning
  • UI Designer (Innovation and Design)
  • Design Thinking facilitator

Awareness & networking

The Art of Making Foundation organizes the annual conference MAKE IT to create awareness amongst industries, academics and students . It gives an opportunity to industries to showcase their products & innovations. The Academicians share their Research & Development aspects of new materials, machines, properties and applications in Aerospace, Healthcare, Automobile sectors. Students get an opportunity to interact with industry experts and collaborate for future projects. The Networking platform allows everyone to connect personally and showcase their expertise.


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