The course will begin by introducing students to the historical factors that have helped shape manufacturing over centuries. From there we will address the current and emerging 3D printing applications and describe advantages and limitations of each technology. Students will
evaluate real-life scenarios and make possible recommendations for the appropriate printing technology. We will discuss 3D printing technology from a time and cost saving viewpoint based on product requirements. There will be major emphasis placed on discussion of the economic implications of 3D printing which will include impact on business startup and implications on supply chain as well. There will also be a hands-on component of this class. Students will be required to download and print a model as well as create a 3D model and then make a .stl file and print it. This CE course mirrors credit CAD 290. Book cost included in tuition.