You’ve read about it, you’ve seen it on the news, maybe you’ve even benefited from one of its products—an action figure, hearing aids, chocolate, a prosthetic duck foot. (Yes, you heard right.) But what exactly is 3D printing? How does it work? And how does it affect our day-to-day lives?
The use of 3D printing for prototypes and finished products is certain to become a disruptive technology. From large, industrial printers to DIY models bought at home-improvement stores, 3D printers are intriguing to both businesses and individuals alike. (Oh, and the industry has quadrupled to the tune of $4.1 billion in the last five years.)
This seminar looks at the basics of 3D printing (or additive manufacturing)—its key terms, technologies, and the processes that are changing the way companies develop and create objects. There will also be an interactive component with 3D-printed parts and a live 3D printer demonstration.
We’ll conclude with a look at the impact of this factory of the future (the industry is estimated to reach $550 billion by 2025), which is likely to revolutionize everything from construction to pharmaceuticals.
LearningLife seminars embrace Socrates's belief in the power of inquiry and exchange. Seminars begin with a presentation by the instructor, which is followed by a period of engaged, critical discussion. Tuition includes refreshments.
Derek Mathers is an adjunct faculty member in the University of Minnesota’s College of Continuing Education where he teaches the Big Ten’s first course dedicated to 3D printing and additive manufacturing. A product development consultant for Worrell’s Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing divisions, he specializes in the use of 3D printing for medical device and consumer products industries. Mathers is the strategic lead for a novel 3D-printed injection-molding platform being studied in partnership with Stratasys, the world's largest maker of 3D printers and additive manufacturing materials.