To say that there is a steep learning curve when it comes to 3D printing technology is a bit of an understatement. While much of the technology and concepts that are used to create 3D printers are probably easy to grasp for an engineer or a longtime maker, it isn’t always easily grasped or understood by a layperson. As is becoming increasingly evident, 3D printing simply isn’t going anywhere and is going to become a common part of most modern businesses. That makes 3D printing education vital, and not only at the elementary, high school and college levels, but there need to be more options for adults already in the rapidly changing workforce.
3D printing is proving to be applicable to virtually any industry, including manufacturing, prototyping, design, clothing, dental, medical, energy production and research. It’s getting to the point where a basic awareness of 3D printing is going to be just as valuable of a skill as a basic awareness of desktop computers. In an effort to address that need 3D printing literacy company GetReady4 3D has produced a great online primer course for 3D printing and is presenting it on worldwide online education hub SABE Online. The course is called simply “3D Printing” and is focused on teaching the basics of 3D printing technology along with ways that 3D printing can be applied to developing new businesses and business opportunities.
“There’s a world of opportunities to explore in the 3D printing universe once people acquire the necessary knowledge and start using this technology. This course was prepared in collaboration with Nadia Yaakoubi, GetReady4 3D co-founder. It is strongly business focused and its main goal is to teach how to create profitable models for an upcoming technological sector. Furthermore, it shows the process and the technology used for printing in 3D. Ultimately, the course teaches how to enter the 3D ecosystem and be part of the revolution,” explained co-founder and CEO at GetReady4 3D Diogo Quental.
The “3D Printing” course has four specific chapters, including “3D Printing Revolution” which is a rundown of the basics, including an overview of the technology, the typical workflow, how 3D printing is beneficial and what the current limitations of the technology are. Chapter two is “Preparing the 3D Printing” and will cover the concept of digital files, how to create them, slice them and print them. Chapter three called “Printing and Finishing the 3D Object” is pretty self explanatory, while chapter four called “Business Opportunities with 3D Printing” covers the economics, applications and investment opportunities in the industry.
The course is a 100% online class and attendance is not limited to specific times or dates so it can be taken at anytime, anywhere in the world and completed at the student’s own pace. Once the course is paid for it can be watched as many times as needed, and can be watched as individual chapters or the 121 minute course can be watched in its entirety. The course is pretty much for everyone interested in 3D printing, but has a focus on helping users understand how exploring 3D printing can lead to new job or business opportunities.
“We live in a digital era in which technology shapes the way we work and influences what skills employers and the market value the most. 3D printing is only starting now, but its importance and potential for economic growth are paramount. For this reason, SABE Online has made a strong bet in this field, and by creating this course will allow a professional in any area to understand 3D printing and make their most creative ideas come true,” said Ana Macedo, SABE Online Editorial Manager.
Here is a brief overview of the course:
SABE Online is offering the entire course for €29.90 ($32.97) or each chapter individually for €9.90 ($10.92) so users can select only the sections that are applicable for their needs. Each chapter ranges from 21 minutes to 25 minutes in length, and despite the website being in Portuguese the source is the first offered by SABE that is entirely presented in English. You can find out more information about the educational opportunities offered by GetReady4 3D on their website, and you can take their online “3D Printing” course at SABE Online. Is that something that interests you? Discuss in the Online 3D Printing Course forum over at 3DPB.com.