Hobs Academy


Here at Hobs 3D, we are passionate about 3D technology being accessible to everyone. We have identified a gap between education in 3D tech and experience within the industry itself. It’s important that everyone, from all backgrounds, has the opportunity to gain skills and experience within 3D industries in order to progress for the future.

That’s why we created Hobs Academy. With support from the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and the Mayor of London, we have established a state-of-the-art training programme for individuals from under-represented backgrounds in London boroughs.

Applications are now open!

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Hobs Academy



Participants undergo an in-depth curriculum in 3D Printing, Digital Visualisation as well as Architectural and Product Model Making. They focus on exploring the future of these technologies. Each course has timetabled lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, industry placements and personal learning time.

3D Printing

The 3D Print module covers all mainstream print technologies. Participants explore how the industry is constantly adapting and growing. In addition, they learn about innovations that are changing how 3D print is used.

Participants learn about the typical workflow of 3D print projects; from modelling and slicing to printing and finishing. Some of the topics this section covers are materials, resolutions, finishing methods, geometric primitives, mould making and designing for 3D print.

Digital Visualisation

Similarly to our 3D Printing curriculum, the Digital Visualisation module gives participants insight into how technologies are rapidly advancing. They study new technologies such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. In addition, our participants develop skills in Data Preparation, Environment building, Textures and Lighting, and setting up an interactive 360° Environment.

Architectural and Product Model Making/Prototyping

During our Model Making module, participants learn the history of traditional Model Making as well as modern Model Making techniques. The programme is both theoretical and practical, ensuring all candidates are inducted into using all tools and machinery safely.

The students learn various methods such as constructing 3D objects from laser-cut parts and CNC milling. As a result, participants learn how Model Making is used within a digital workflow and how these skills can be adapted for the 3D printing industry.

The course itself is spread between Ravensbourne University, Hobs 3D (Here East) and the designated placement site(s).

To be considered for the course, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Over 18.
  • Reside in participating London boroughs; Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Newham or Hackney.
  • Must have an interest in 3D technologies.


The programme takes place three times a year, with the next course set to start in May 2020. We are currently taking applications. The course lasts 12 weeks on a part time basis. Classes take place in the evening.

As a result of completing the course, participants receive a Level 4 qualification (Higher Education certificate equivalent) in 3D Skills. With the range of experience they gain, participants can aim to progress within the 3D tech industry.

Furthermore, with our fellowship of growing business partners, we help to secure placement and job opportunities for our successful candidates. Participants are offered support and advice from industry experts throughout the course.

It’s free! With funding from a number of sponsors including LLDC (London Legacy Development Corporation) and Ravensbourne University, the course is fully funded.

Each participant is provided with all the technology and equipment necessary for the duration of the course. The students undergo practical placements to apply their knowledge and new skills.


Applications are now open for our next course starting in May 2020. Please register your interest today!

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More questions? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Contact Katie Hermon, Partnerships and Hobs Academy Manager. Katie.Hermon@hobs.com  | 02070141361




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