3D printing postgrad course will be offer this September in UK university

Anglia Ruskin has become the first university in the UK to offer a dedicated Additive Manufacturing(3D printing) postgraduate course. The MSc, available to graduates from a range of STEM backgrounds, is being supported by a grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Earlier this month, former Education Secretary Lord Baker called upon Britain to put a 3D printer in every primary school. Although that proposal is unlikely to be realized in the immediate future, 3D printers are being taken very seriously at the other end of the education ladder. Anglia Ruskin, a public university with campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford, and Peterborough, will this year offer a 1-2 year Additive Manufacturing(3D printing) postgraduate course aimed at engineering and physical sciences graduates. Students enrolled on the course will be able to access workshops and engineering labs which have seen over £2 million of investment over the last three years.

The new course will take place at The Faculty of Science & Technology at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus, which boasts a number of additive manufacturing(3D printing) facilities at its MedBIC Innovation Centre. These include desktop and commercial 3D printers, as well as direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) equipment. Students working and researching in the Innovation Centre will be able to design, develop, and test engineering solutions using state-of-the-art design software and printing equipment, and will have access to a range of 3D printing materials, from plastics to high-end metal compounds.

The Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) MSc will teach students theoretical and technical courses, but will also be highly vocational, challenging students to carry out a project within a real business to solve real-world manufacturing problems. The course will therefore equip students with both technical 3D printing skills and first-hand business experience, both of which will help the postgraduate learners with their future careers in additive manufacturing. An understanding of the business and production issues surrounding additive manufacturing will be made paramount, while emphasis will also be placed on the development of problem-solving, critical, analytical, interpersonal, and computational skills.

“Our course, which begins this September, will help students to develop a career in advanced manufacturing engineering, or improve their skills if they are already working in the industry,” said Dr Habtom Mebrahtu, Deputy Head of Engineering and the Built Environment at Anglia Ruskin and Course Leader for the MSc in Additive Manufacturing(3D printing) . “Students may want to work as a production or research engineer, mechanical designer, or technical lead working directly in engineering and design, or use this degree as a step towards a career in operations, project management, or consultancy.”

The course will cover a range of topics, including 3D CAD modeling, business strategy, and engineering management, and will teach students to produce functional 3D printed products and prototypes for use in the biomedical and aviation sectors, amongst others. Students can choose to take the course in one year (full time) or two years (part time), at a total cost of £7,100 (UK/EU) or £11,700 (international).

Core Modules of Anglia Ruskin’s Additive Manufacturing(3D printing) MSc:

  • 3D CAD and Digital Techniques
  • Additive Manufacturing(3D printing) Strategy
  • Computer Aided Engineering Analysis
  • Innovative Product Design and Manufacture
  • Engineering Management Systems
  • Post Processing of Additive Manufactured (AM) products
  • Industrially Based Project

To help get the new Additive Manufacturing(3D printing) program off the ground, Anglia Ruskin received funding from HEFCE as part of a pilot scheme to promote engineering and computer science conversion courses.

repost from 3ders.org


3D printing is many things, and one of them, much like the Internet, is a generational marker. Today’s kids are growing up with 3D printing in their classrooms, and by the time they reach the workforce, I imagine it’ll be second nature to them – again, much like the Internet. However, 3D printing is becoming ubiquitous in the workforce now, and many of the current generation of professionals are faced with learning a brand new skill, one they may just have heard of for the first time a year ago. It can be a bit daunting to say the least, but thankfully that learning doesn’t have to be on the job, under pressure – there are plenty of 3D printing courses out there that are open to anyone.

Colorado State University is offering an online Foundations of 3D Printing course open to students and non-students of the school alike. A collaboration between CSU Online and the Idea-2-Product 3D Printing Laboratory, the course is being led by Dr. David Prawel, a mechanical engineering professor and the founder of the Idea-2-Product lab. Dr. Prawel has been working with 3D technology for 36 years and has taught several 3D printing courses at CSU. He believes that the online course can help companies to learn how to implement the technology to its full potential.

Dr. David Prawel works with a student to create a 3D design for a protective helmet liner. [Image: Colorado State University]

Dr. David Prawel works with a student to create a 3D design for a protective helmet liner. [Image: Colorado State University]

“We think we can reach so many more people and help so many more people get up to speed on this technology by making it available in a much easier-to-consume format…It’s not hands-on, of course, but it offers a lot of detail about what it takes to do 3D printing, the software tools required, and the major types of machines out there,” Dr. Prawel said.

The course is offered as four modules: Basic Principles I, Basic Principles II, Additive Processing I, and Additive Processing II. For each course completed, participants will earn a digital badge that can be added to résumés or LinkedIn profiles; completion of all four modules will result in a Mastery Badge, which is intended to show employers that the participant possesses full competency in the technology.

As 3D printing becomes more of a presence in many industries, proof of fluency in the technology can be a significant advantage in the workforce. Each module is a week long and can be taken at your convenience; tuition for Basic Principles I and II is $165 each. Additive Processing I and II cost $185 each. For the entire “Mastery Bundle,” the cost is $650.

“Rather than being thrown a whole full-semester class, you meander through all the different modules and assemble your own class, and your own expertise level according to the types of technology that best fit your organization,” said Dr. Prawel.

—The article is from 3D PRINT.COM

Stratasys Breakthrough PolyJet 3D-Printer Produces Full Color, Multi-Material Parts

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Stratasys has  launched its J750 machine that can make rubber and plastic products with a variety of characteristics in full color and in a single print. The new 3D printer is based on polyjet technology that promises to cut the current 3D printing time by half and uses a wider range of materials than previously available, said Andy Middleton, head of Stratasys Europe.
The breakthrough comes as 3D printing is moving into the industrial mainstream. Aerospace and defence companies are using 3D printed parts both in plastics and metals. The Stratasys machine will be used for making prototypes, a key stage in the industrial process. While the plastics materials are not yet stable enough to make the final product, that is the ultimate “dream”, Mr Middleton said.

—The article is from INSIDE 3D PRINTING

Over 500 Universities Participating in 3D Hubs Student Discount Program

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3D Hubs has launched their new “Student Program” aimed at making additive manufacturing technologies more accessible to college students by lowering the actual cost of 3D printing. 3D Hubs will be offering a 25% discount to students on all their 3D prints ordered through the network.
Over 500 universities worldwide are participating with 3D Hubs for their student discount program. Students can discover if they are eligible for the 3D Hubs 25% 3D printing discount by entering their university email addresses into 3D Hubs’ website and waiting for a confirmation email. The 25% discount will be added automatically to any order you made through 3D Hubs’ student website.

—The article is from INSIDE 3D PRINTING

Did You Know You Can 3D Scan Anything with Only a Camera to Make 3D Printable Models?

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Did you know you can make a 3D printable model out of almost anything using only your camera and some software? In thisInstructable, Whitney Potter, who goes by shapespeare and who also hosts the podcast “3D Printing Today”, brings us some valuable tips about doing just this. Here he uses an Oreo cookie as an example of how to transform an everyday object into a 3D printed one in 17 steps that cover everything you need to know.

In the first 3 steps, shapespeare simply summarizes the process of scanning an object. Any camera can be used here, with one that takes high-quality high-resolution photos preferred. DSLR cameras are preferred because of their versatility and control. In Steps 4-8 he covers the various other cameras that can be used, such asGoPros, video cameras, and smart phones. (But again, a DSLR camera is the best one to use to make quality 3D printable models from scans.)

Shapespeare offers more scanning advice in Step 9, where he explains that the object should be still when you shoot it, not too shiny, and not too big or too small. Make sure it has a lot of surface detail with no large uniform areas, and it shouldn’t have any thin delicate parts, either. Step 10 covers setting up for a photo shoot. If you place the object you’d like to scan on a stool, it will be easier to photograph. Also, make sure that there’s good, diffuse and even lighting and remember that a camera flash may not be of much service here. It is required that you take about 100 photos, so you’ll want to make sure you are comfortable as well.

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In Step 11, shapespeare covers how to set up your camera, and then we finally arrive at the important tips on how to take your actual photos in Step 12. (The better the photos, the better the scans.) He explains that you’ll need to move around the object to capture its 3D shape, and he recommends overlapping many of the photos:

“After you shoot the first picture look carefully at how it is framed. The object is to overlap adjacent exposures by 50-60%. When in doubt, overlap more. If you think you may have moved too much, go back halfway and shoot another picture. The order of the pictures doesn’t matter to most software. Remember that you can always dump extra shots, but you can’t make up for shots you didn’t take. Once you break down your set up you are done. If you find later that you need more shots you usually have to start again from the beginning.”

“The Parallax Trick” refers to shooting the object in a way that magnifies your perception of motion. When you move in between shots, the background of the object changes, so it is recommended that you watch the edges of the subject to stay aware of how the background changes. Other photo shooting tipsinclude having too many instead of too few photos of your object, and picking your camera angles to get as much coverage of the object as possible. You also want to keep an eye on your exposure settings and remember that a little overexposed works better than underexposed.

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Once you are done shooting photos of your object, it’s time to pick the software you will use to change photos into scans. There are many choices here, but shapespeare does us the favor of narrowing things down to three recommended options. His top choice is Autodesk Memento, which is both easy to use and free. Other recommendations include Autodesk’s 123D Catch and Agisoft Photoscan, which is a step up in quality, harder to use, and requires a lot of RAM on your computer.

Once you have chosen your software, Step 16 has you processing your images, and Step 17 covers the qualities of a good scan (including mesh and color mapping). Shapespeare’s helpful tips allow you to photograph, process and 3D print almost anything! Including an oreo cookie…

—The article is from 3D PRINT.COM

Northwestern’s Low-Cost Tech Changes Rust into 3D Printed Iron

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In order to bring down the cost of metal 3D printing, researchers and industrial R&D divisions are working on new approaches to the technology that forgo lasers and electron beams for other methods altogether. While XJet, in Israel, will be introducing its metal inkjetting to the world, hopefully, sometime soon, Northwester University scientists have their own metal inks that they say they can 3D print similarly to fused filament fabrication. We’ve actually covered the work of Ramille Shah, assistant professor of materials science and engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and of surgery in the Feinberg School of Medicine, in the past, but, in a recent study published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials, Shah and her team describe the process in even greater depth.

Rather than use powderbed, laser sintering or direct energy deposition, the team blended together metal powders, solvents, and an elastomer binder to be extruded through a nozzle. After extrusion, the parts are sintered in a furnace, leaving a metal object. The process allows for the use of metal alloys and compounds and results in more uniform parts, printed more quickly, and at a lower price than other metal printing methods.

Prof. Shah commented on the technology by saying, “Our method greatly expands the architectures and metals we’re able to print, which really opens the door for a lot of different applications.” Fellow professor David Dunand, adds, “By uncoupling the printing and the sintering, it appears that we have complicated the process. But, in fact, it has liberated us as each step is much easier separately than the combined approach.”

Additionally, the “green bodies” of the printed objects, a term used to describe the objects pre-sintering, are flexible, enabling post-printing manipulation. Shah elaborates, “They’re foldable, bendable, and can be hundreds of layers thick without crumbling. It allows us to create a lot of different architectures that haven’t really been seen in metal 3D printing.”

And, because the process does not rely on the strict environmental settings required by DMLS or EBM, they were able to print with safer, more stable metal oxides, like rust, which can be returned to their pure metal states with the application of hydrogen before sintering is performed. This is exciting from an environmental and cost perspective, as old, metal parts can be recycled into 3D printed, iron parts. Dunand explains, “It might seem like we are needlessly complicating things by adding a third reduction step where we turn rust into iron. But this opens up possibilities for using very cheap oxide powders rather than corresponding expensive metal powders. It’s hard to find something cheaper than rust.”

The researchers say that they could use the technology to, not only create custom metal parts, but batteries, fuel cells, medical implants, and more. All of this could also potentially be performed on location at job sites, which would not necessarily be viable for the large, costly machines relying on other technologies.

The sintering process executed by the Northwestern team is not entirely new, with companies like ExOne relying on the same technique to process their powderbed, 3D printed parts. In fact, there are those even trying to extrude 3D printed metals as filaments and pastes, before burning out the binder to create dense parts. For instance, after a successful Indiegogo campaign, the Mini Metal Maker 3D prints metal infused clay. All of this points towards a time when metal 3D printing will not be as costly as it once was and, with Shah’s talented team, the future of the technology is looking as shiny as a brand, new penny.

—The article is from 3D Printing Industry

Kia Concept SUV Features 3D Printed Parts

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While auto companies have been implementing 3D printing for prototyping purposes for some time, its use for creating end parts will be increasingly adopted by industries across the board. That day is slowly dawning, as more firms attempt to find components that can be 3D printed for their car models. Often times, this is limited to non-critical parts, often framing the use of 3D printing as more of a marketing tool than a useful technology. That seems to be the case in Kia’s latest concept car, the Kia Telluride, being presented at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

Kia’s three-row, seven-passenger, luxury SUV concept is designed to be roomy, comfortable, and technologically-focused. The concept car has some less exciting, but still unique features, like 90 degree swinging doors and fold-away footrests. More interesting are the smart sensors embedded within the seats that monitor a rider’s vital health info, displayed on door panel screens. An LED panel mounted below the oversized sunroof displays what the company describes as “a pattern of therapeutic light to treat desynchronosis (jetlag) and improve the passengers’ energy levels.” The Telluride’s Swipe Command interface is a touch-sensitive command console for selecting media and wirelessly charging a set of Harman Kardon® headphones contained within. And a compartment in the front of the SUV also allows for wireless cell phone charging.

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Other features include the massive size of the thing and LED lights for the headlamps and indicatore lights, as well as a PHEV powertrain, a 3.5-liter gasoline direct injected (GDI) V6 engine, and an electric motor, allowing it to achieve 30 mpg on the highway and produce 270 horsepower from the V6 and 130 from the electric motor.

Finally, 3D printing comes into play in the Telluride’s dashboard, door panels, and steering wheel, making this the first use of 3D printing for end parts by Kia. The company has not yet explained the purpose of 3D printing these components – whether it allowed for lighter weight parts or unique shapes, etc. – but only say that they “add a distinct, modern design element” to the auto.

It’s hard to think of the Telluride as being that cutting edge when it still runs partially on gas and has a 3D printed steering wheel, but we can easily say that Kia’s description of the SUV concept as “anything but a utopian fantasy” is definitely untrue. Maybe we’re just bummed that David Bowie is dead. Still, 30 mpg and carrying seven people seems like nothing when Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Car was able to get 30 mpg in 1933 and he was designing, not for profit, but to meet the needs of ever person on Earth.

—The article is from 3D Printing Industry

New 3D Printed Medical Tool A Breakthrough for ACL Reconstruction Surgery

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Although many people may know the 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys as the corporate behemoth that took over MakerBot back in 2013 (Thanks, Print the Legend), their positive influence on the medical and dental industry can not be denied. Over the past couple of years, Stratasys has placed a keen focus on improving the cost and quality of traditional medical tools. From the release of their dental-driven Objet 3D printers to supplying surgeons with realistic heart models to help patients’ lives, Stratasys has certainly made it a mission to innovate the medical and dental industry with 3D printing technology.

Now, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing (an SSYS subsidiary) has collaborated with a new medical company called DanaMed in order to create a 3D printed tool that could change the face of ACL knee reconstruction surgery. A torn ACL, which has caused the end of many a professional athlete’s career, has generally been repaired with the straight-forward, yet error-prone ‘transtibial technique’. While this is the most implemented type of ACL repair, there are obvious disadvantages, such as the difficulty of accurately placing the surgical graft within the natural ACL point. In order to refine this traditional technique, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Dana Piasecki turned to Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and their 3D printing technology to help develop a more successful tool for ACL reconstruction surgery.

Thus, DanaMed (Dr. Piasecki’s medical company) designed the Pathfinder, a tool that will allow for much more flexibility and accuracy in ACL reconstruction surgery. After creating the first iteration of the surgical tool from plastic and testing it on anatomical models, Dr. Piasecki was directed to Stratasys Direct Manufacturing’s Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), where the Pathfinder was produced in the biocompatible and mechanically sound Inconel 718 alloy. By utilizing DMLS systems, DanaMed was able to manufacture the tool’s intricate geometry, while keeping the production cost low.

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“Pathfinder illustrates how 3D printing is uniquely capable of enabling breakthroughs in medical technology that otherwise would not be possible,” said John Self, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing’s project engineer. “And by offering DanaMed 97 percent cost savings over conventional manufacturing methods, 3D printing has demonstrated its business value in bringing complex, high-quality parts to market.”

Considering that DanaMed is a new venture by Dr. Piasecki and his team, keeping the production cost low was an important factor in the manufacturing of the Pathfinder tool. But the quality of the tool is what makes it a true breakthrough. Although the Pathfinder will need a couple of years to fully integrate itself into the medical field, the resulting surgery technique is already being said to be much easier to perform and has already boasted a 95% success rate thus far. “This surgical tool has turned our vision of transforming ACL reconstruction into a reality faster and someday will hopefully eliminate repeat knee injuries to keep more athletes off the bench and on the field,” said Dr. Piasecki.

—The article is from 3D Printing Industry