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3D Printing Curriculum

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Prepare your students for careers being reshaped by 3D printing technology. Combining in-depth lectures and class discussions with exciting hands-on projects, your students will gain the theoretical and practical knowledge they need to wield this transformative technology in the real world.

Introduction to 3D Printing

The next industrial revolution is all about personal fabrication, and it’s happening now. 3D printing is poised to unlock the potential in every person to create, innovate and fabricate. It’s already transforming manufacturing; soon it will change the world.

Recognizing the profound implications of 3D printing for the future of design and manufacturing, Stratasys Education has designed this course to prepare students for current and emerging careers in those fields. Students will begin their careers equipped with practical 3D printing experience and a critical eye for the technology’s advantages and limitations. From there, the possibilities are theirs to explore.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

  • Produce a fully functional moving part in a single print
  • Explain current and emerging 3D printing applications in the manufacturing field
  • Understand the advantages and limitations of each 3D printing technology
  • Evaluate scenarios and recommend the appropriate use of 3D printing technology
  • Identify opportunities to apply 3D printing technology for time and cost savings

Download the full curriculum guide. Course materials are divided by unit on the tabs above.

A Community of Educators

You're joining a worldwide community of educators working to cultivate and expand the use of 3D printing in education. Because technology evolves, this curriculum was built to adapt and refresh through community effort.

Ask us how substantial contributions to this community can make you eligible for free FDM or PolyJet 3D printer cartridges. If you have ideas and supporting content to improve or expand this curriculum, email

As the curriculum is updated, you’ll receive updates on new content and invitations to exclusive webinars.

Recommended Course Structure

This course is structured as a 14-week course with weekly class meetings. We recommend that each meeting take 4-6 hours. Alternatively, the weekly meetings can be split into 2 weekly lecture hours and 2-4 weekly lab hours.

The course is built in a modular fashion so you can focus on topics that cater to your students’ interests and fit within your yearly curriculum plan. We recommend that you start each course by adhering to the first four weeks of the course structure and add units and assignments as needed.

TIMEFRAME 14 weeks (full semester)
WEEKLY HOURS 4-6 weekly hours, consisting of:
2 lecture hours
4 lab hours
WEEKLY MEETINGS Each weekly meeting can be taught in one continuous 4-6 hour meeting, or can be split into two separate weekly meetings: one for the lecture (theory) and one for the lab work (hands on).
MODULAR UNIITS The course consists of 14 units, one per week. However, to support varied student interests, five additional units are also available. The instructor can mix and match the units as desired. However, we recommend the instructor adhere to the first four weeks of the course structure.

Units 1-8

Unit 1: Course Introduction+
Unit 2: Introduction To 3D Printing+
Unit 3: What is a Mesh?+
Unit 4: Ctrl + P+
Unit 5: Closed Gear Systems Part I+
Unit 6: Closed Gear Systems Part II+
Unit 7: Dynamic Surfaces and Chains+
Unit 8: The Future of Fabrication+

Units 9-14

Unit 9: Midterm Exam+
Unit 10: 4D Printing+
Unit 11: Parametric Design+
Unit 12: Prototype Printing+
Unit 13: 3D Printing and Testing+
Unit 14: Final Presentations and Demonstrations+

Extra Units

Unit A: Sound Printing+
Unit B: Fluid Dynamics+
Unit C: Post Processing+
Unit D: Factory of Tomorrow+
Unit E: Field Trip+
Unit F: 3D Manufacturing Regulations and Carbon Footprint+

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