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 course will look at the basics of 3D printing (or additive manufacturing)—its key terms, technologies, the processes that are changing the way companies develop and create objects, and how this could shape our lives in the near future. There will be an examination of the process from ideation to creation with live 3D printer demonstration.
We’ll conclude with a couple case studies to explore the key ethical, economical, and societal considerations of the world of replication that is likely to revolutionize everything from construction to pharmaceuticals.
Tuition includes breakfast and lunch.
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. As director of Advanced Applications Development at Worrell, he specializes in the use of 3D printing for medicine.
David Busacker, a recent University of Minnesota Industrial and Systems Engineering graduate, is a client solutions consultant at SGK, Inc. Currently an assistant teacher for the College of Continuing Education’s 3D printing and additive manufacturing course, he will become an adjunct faculty member in spring 2017.