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SPONSORED WEB SEMINAR DIGEST

Using 3D Printing to Enable
Active Learning and Build
Career Readiness
Students gain high-demand skills for knowledge-based economy

A University Business Web Seminar Digest * Originally presented on March 16, 2017
In the race to attract, retain and prepare students, the institutions with the most relevant programs and most
current technologies have an advantage. Hands-on learning through 3D printing at a college or university
opens doors to entrepreneurship and industry collaborations that benefit budding scientists, engineers,
artists and designers by preparing them for the requirements of the knowledge-based economy.
This web seminar showed how the Dunwoody College ofTechnology in Minneapolis is using 3D printing
in innovative ways to enable active learning and to build career readiness, helping students gain highdemand skills for a wide variety of career fields.
Gina Scala: We see 3D printing as a great method for
active, project-based learning. 3D printing builds up
extruding things layer by layer-it's considered additive manufacturing, where you produce things that are
amazing and much more complex than you can with
subtractive, and it's much easier. I was with educators
this morning who said it takes them a full semester to
teach subtractive to some of their students, but additive
has a very easy learning curve to get folks up and running and designing at least some simple parts.
There are lots of different types of 3D printing on
the market. FDM has been on the market for about 30
years. The large majority of printers are using FDM
technology. It's reliable and it's inexpensive. When we
think of stereolithography, we're thinking of things that
have smooth textures.Then, if you think about selective
laser sintering, that's often in powder, and metals are
considered a part of this as well. Then PolyJet, which

is a Stratasys technology. If you think about that, you
think about full colors.
Where is it being utilized? In industry, the majority
of the market is FDM. In education, it depends on the
program-engineering, design, math, physics and architecture are often using FDM. We see art, consumer
products and medical using PolyJet due to its full-color
capabilities.
Stratasys owns two of those types of technology:
FDM and PolyJet. 3D printing has evolved quite a bit in
our 30 year history. Even in the last 10 years that we've
been working with schools, it's gone from, "Oh wow,
what is that, a 3D printer?" to "Look at all these things
that I can do with a 3D printer!" We've evolved, and
we've started to prepare students by challenging them
to create a product, to create a functional part that will
launch, to create something that they use on their robot
that's lighter.

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