In this course you will learn the importance of additive manufacturing (a.k.a. 3D Printing) and its huge role in global product development and innovation. You will develop a rich knowledge of 3D printing technologies, devices, capabilities, materials and applications. You will learn the trade-offs between various 3D printing processes and technologies, along with the various software tools, processes and techniques enabling personal fabrication, such as 3D scanning. You will explore the broad range of 3D printing applications, including biomedical, aerospace, consumer products, and creative artistry, to mention a few. And finally, you will learn the latest trends and opportunities in 3D printing, including “personal” 3D printing, localized services, production parts, mass customization, and how to commercialize your ideas.
This course requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see http://www.online.colostate.edu/current-students/proctoring.dot for detailed instructions. For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students (RDS); for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center.
This course can be applied towards:
MECH 202 (Engineering Design II); MECH 331 (Introduction to Engineering Materials) or instructor approval.
Military personnel admitted to a College of Engineering online degree program may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Tuition discounts can only be given if you provide the appropriate discount code at the time of registration. Call (877) 491-4336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Textbook and Materials
Required textbook: Additive Manufacturing Technologies: 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, and Direct Digital Manufacturing, 2nd Ed. (2015); Ian Gibson, David W. Rosen, Brent Stucker
David A. Prawel
David Prawel has been a consultant and entrepreneur in 3D technology and digital product development for over 30 years. He helped build 5 startup companies, with one successful IPO and one in the works. He earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Buffalo, and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in Biomedical Engineering. He is currently on the Research Faculty in Mechanical Engineering at CSU, where he researches biomimetic and polymeric biomaterials. . He also recently founded a community-access center for 3D printing and personal fabrication www.idea2product.net.