It’s incredible how quickly 3D printing has taken off within the education space. There are colleges jumping on board offering courses, and even younger student at the middle school level being introduced to entire courses related to this upcoming technology.
There is no doubt that 3D printing will play a huge role a number of very important industries moving forward. An education which concentrates on the technology could be the key to future success for young school-age students as well as adults looking to add to their resume or switch careers.
London-based MyMiniFactory understands that there is strong demand for education curricula based on 3D printing, and last year announced the MyMiniFactory Academy in London. Because of the early success with this initiative the company has decided to expand its education offering.
“I’m sure you know about it [MyMiniFactory Academy] in London being very successful, hence our decision to cross the pond,” Sylvain Preumont, Founder of MyMiniFactory and iMakr, told 3DPrint.com.
Today, they’ve expanded this initiative to ‘The City that Never Sleeps’, New York City. Starting on April 6th the first session will commence, running for 10 weeks until June 12th. Classes will be scheduled Monday – Friday from 10am – 5pm each day, equating to a total of 300 course hours. Anyone can apply for acceptance into the first course session on the Academy’s website.
The course is broken down into three main sections. In the first week students will learn what 3D printing and scanning is, what technologies exist in the market and the difference between hand modelling and CAD modelling. Weeks two through seven will concentrate on hands-on learning. Students will learn about and work with various design software such as Solidworks, ZBrush and Rhino 3D. They then will work with and learn to use the actual 3D printer and scanner hardware. The last three weeks of the course will center around a specific project that each student will work on, either individually or in a group. Here they will have to work with various prototyping techniques. This includes designing a product via software, in addition to printing the physical prototype itself. Students will then be able to present their project at a special event located at the iMakr store.
Upon graduating from the course, students should possess a keen understanding and ability to 3D design and scan using various software, the ability to use a number of different 3D printers with ease, and be ready be enter the 3D printing job market with confidence.
This is certainly an exciting time for the entire 3D printing space, especially those looking to learn about, and potentially enter the market. Let us know if you have taken any of the MyMiniFactory courses, and what your thoughts were. Discuss in the MyMiniFactory Academy NYC forum thread on 3DPB.com