Full-semester courses can help prepare students for careers being transformed by 3D printing
STEM educators, especially those teaching engineering and design, will now have access to a free, customizable 3D printing curriculum intended to give students a leg-up in the job market.
Stratasys Ltd., a global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, has introduced the 3D printing curriculum, which includes a full-semester, 14-week course aimed to help prepare secondary and post-secondary students worldwide for careers being transformed by 3D printing.
Learning materials are free to educators and include a curriculum guide, supporting presentations, 3D models (STL files) and grading tools. Focused on academia community engagement, the content may be continuously refreshed with the help of participating educators.
“We notice a strong demand coming from the industry for a curriculum focusing on 3D printing,” says Shelly Linor, director of global education for Stratasys. “Educators around the world now have an opportunity to make a big impact by using and contributing to our curriculum. They will also be able to better prepare their students for future careers as 3D printing is becoming an intrinsic part of the design and manufacturing processes in leading companies,” Linor says.
Students at Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore learn the basics of 3D printing using Stratasys’ education curriculum.
The beginner course, Introduction to 3D Printing: From Design to Fabrication, explores 3D printing in terms of its history, established applications, forward-looking trends, and potential social and economic impacts. Through project-based learning, students will experience 3D printing’s impact on the design process firsthand, notes the company. Centered on the course’s theme Make Something That Moves Something, a variety of projects guide students through the process of designing and 3D printing a fully functional moving part in a single build.
(Next page: The specific skills students will learn and the technologies used)