- Introduction to 3D Printing:
This section introduces students to the concept of 3D printing, its specific terms, advantages, and limitations. It also provides a historical perspective on the development of 3D printing technology, which can help students understand its evolution.
- Available 3D Printing Technologies:
This section covers various 3D printing processes, including SLA, DLP, FDM, SLS, SLM, EBM, LOM, and PolyJet. Understanding different printing technologies, their characteristics, materials, advantages, and limitations is crucial for students to make informed decisions when choosing the right method for their specific projects.
- Software for 3D Modeling and 3D Printing:
The software introduction gives students an overview of popular tools used for 3D modeling and printing, including Autodesk TinkerCAD, MeshLab, Blender, FreeCAD, Autodesk Fusion 360, Shapr3D, and IdeaMaker. Providing hands-on experience with some of these tools (TinkerCAD, MeshLab, and Ideamaker) can help students gain practical skills.
Bioprinting is an essential topic in the biomedical field, and this section highlights the advantages and limitations of 3D modeling software for bioprinting. It also covers the overall 3D printing process related to bioprinting, from problem definition to object fabrication. Mentioning innovative bioprinting research will give students insights into the current state of the field.
- Individual 3D Printing Project:
Allowing students to work on their own 3D printing projects and guiding them through the preparation, printing, and presentation stages is an excellent way to encourage practical application and creativity.