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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Carnegie Mellon Offers 3-D Printing Program

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, is integrating business, design, and engineering aspects of product development in its undergraduate engineering course in 3-D printing. The new AdditiveManufacturing for Engineers course allows students to turn an idea into a product ready for market.

“This is the only course of its kind to expose undergraduate students to the two 3-D metal printing processes of greatest interest to industry,” said Jack Beuth, professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon and co-creator of the course. “Students will gain an understanding of the full range of additive manufacturing processes—from maker machines to metal machines—and the market and uses for them.”

Students will work in teams to develop ideas and perform the necessary market research. They will then design the product, upload the files to a 3-D printer, and fulfill orders on demand from Andy’s Shop, the 3-D printing marketplace provided by Shapeways.

In addition, the Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology (IDeATe) network and the Hunt Library are working together on a collaborative 3-D printing fabrication lab, called IDeATe@Hunt. The courses, open to all students at CMU taking IDeATe courses, provide instruction on using 3-D print technology in their field of study.

“IDeATe@Hunt creates a work environment where students are exposed to a variety of common enthusiasts from a wide array of varying backgrounds,” said P. Zach Ali, technical director of IDeATe. “It is our hope that this community begins to learn from each other’s work.”

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