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Effective: Summer 2014
ENGR 62AINTRODUCTION TO 3-D PRINTING & RAPID PROTOTYPE DESIGN4 Unit(s)

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Analyze personal aptitudes and interests within the industry to identify career pathways and opportunities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the 3D printing industry and its potential applications.
  • Communicate the necessary technical skills and work requirements for the model making and design process.
Description -
Introduction to career options and the fundamental processes used in the 3D design and model-making industry. Guest speakers, company tours, and career guides in addition to lectures and group discussions will give students an overview of the job skills and technologies required for various disciplines within the industry.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Summarize the history and provide an overview of the 3D printing industry.
  2. Describe the different applications of 3D printing.
  3. Describe the technical skills, tools, and work requirements for each segment of the model making and design arena.
  4. Explain the career opportunities available within the variety of model making and design industries.
  5. Analyze interests and aptitudes and match them to selected career areas of model making and design that will increase ability for success.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. An Overview of 3D Printing
    1. 3D printing technologies
    2. 3D Printing history
    3. 3D printing applications
  2. Applications of 3D Printing
    1. Rapid prototyping machines and 3D printers
    2. Modeling Materials
    3. Tools
      1. Software Requirements
      2. Hardware Requirements
  3. Technical skills, tools, and work requirements for each segment of the model making and design arena.
    1. Industry Overview: Transportation, Product Design, Architecture, Packaging Design, Entertainment, Medical, and Aerospace
      1. Hand Skills
      2. Technical Skills
      3. Work Requirements
  4. Explain the career opportunities available within the variety of model making and design industries.
    1. Related Careers and Their Unique Characteristics
      1. Transportation Design
      2. Product Design
      3. Architecture
      4. Packaging
      5. Entertainment
      6. Medical
      7. Aerospace
  5. Analyze interests and aptitudes and match them to selected career areas of model making and design that will increase ability for success.
    1. Researching employment opportunities and advanced education opportunities for individual areas of concentration.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Quizzes and tests - objective and essay - that measure student's ability to identify and describe career opportunities and summarize the skills and work requirements required in each.
  2. Written reports and in class oral presentations in which student's match their aptitudes and interests to their career path selection.
  3. Instructor assessment of students class participation.
Representative Text(s) -
Lipson, Hod; Kurman, M., Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing, 1st Ed, Wiley, 2013.
Barnatt, C., 3D Printing: The Next Industrial Revolution, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.
Horenstein, Mark N., Design Concepts for Engineers, 4th ed, Pearson Higher Education, 2010.

Disciplines -
Engineering
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion.
 
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading Assignments
    1. weekly reading assignments from text and outside sources
    2. suggested supplemental readings from articles relevant to course material
    3. suggested supplemental readings from web searches relevant to course material
    4. weekly discussions based on reading assignments and which require knowledge and integration of course material
  2. Writing Assignments
    1. question sets based upon assigned reading on current research topics
    2. poster or digital slide preparation for oral presentation on subject relevant to course material