February 17, 2015
Minneapolis-based company Stratasys is introducing a free, 3D printing curriculum for educators. The 3D printing company is offering a 14-week course online to help prepare secondary and post-secondary students for careers in the industry. Learning materials are free for educators and include a curriculum guide, supporting presentations, 3D models (STL files) and grading tools.
“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.
Through project-based learning, students will experience 3D printing’s impact on the design process firsthand. 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.
According to Stratasys, once students complete the beginning course, they will be able to understand current and emerging 3D printing applications in a variety of industries. The initiative is focused on academia community engagement, the content may be continuously refreshed with the help of participating educators.
3D printing is revolutionizing various industries by democratizing manufacturing, and creating opportunities for smaller businesses to compete with established companies. Forbes recently published a forecast of a 106.6% annual growth rate (CAGR) in worldwide unit shipments of 3D printers from 2012 to 2018.
With a growing demand for 3D printers, comes a demand for specialists.
A few schools in Singapore and the U.S. have led the process of implementing Stratasys’ 3D printing curriculum.
“The introductory material on 3D printing that Stratasys offers, from the slide presentations to the videos, were impressive,” says Ms.Chee Feng Ping, a lecturer with the Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore. “The students enjoy the hands-on activities especially the design process with 3D printing.”
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