New 3D Printing Course for Australian Students

New 3D Printing Course for Australian Students

Undergraduate students at University of Wollongong Australia, south of Sydney,  have a new 3D printing course that will put them at the forefront of engineering.

The new course offers students a dedicated path to learning how additive manufacturing works and how to get the most out of direct digital manufacturing. Limits form milling or moulding don’t apply to 3D printing and allow for more freedom in design choices.

“It’s all about rapid prototyping and customisation these days,” according to Subject Co-ordinator Dr Steven Harvey a UOW “While traditional manufacturing involves processes such as machining, casting and forging where material is removed to reveal the final design, 3D printing builds a computer-generated design layer-by-layer,” he said.

Head of the School, Professor Gursel Alici, stated that the school is always wanting to expand the range of cutting edge tools available to students, giving them an edge in the workforce. The long term goal is to link the additive manufacturing with biomedical engineering though specialist subjects. This is possibly the biggest area in which 3D printing will grow over the next 5 – 10 years.
The introduction to Additive manufacturing looked at how existing designs could be improved with the flexibility that is only possible with 3D printing. The students were then tasked to redesign the product and then test it for performance against other methods of manufacturing.

Dr Harvey said: “This is really a revolution in engineering which has opened up a wealth of opportunities in the production of fully customisable, non-uniform objects that were previously impossible to manufacture conventionally….We are no longer restricted by the constraints imposed by traditional engineering tools. We are teaching ‘What You See Is What You Build’. If you can visualise it on screen in 3D then you can most likely build it.”