About this Course
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This course will help you understand how 3D printing is being applied across a number of domains, including design, manufacturing, and retailing. It will also demonstrate the special capabilities of 3D printing such as customization, self-assembly, and the ability to print complex objects. In addition to business applications, this course will also examine how individuals, including those in developing countries, are using this technology to create solutions to the problems they face. This course will also provide an overview of design thinking and how you can use this framework to develop ideas that can be turned into objects. Learners who complete this course will obtain a rich understanding of the capabilities of 3D printing and how to think about designing objects for this new technology....
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Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week...
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English

Subtitles: English, French...
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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week...
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English, French...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Clock
1 hour to complete

Course Orientation

You will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and our learning environment. The orientation will also gives you an overview of the entire course....
Reading
1 video (Total 3 min), 5 readings
Reading5 readings
Syllabus10m
About the Discussion Forums4m
Glossary3m
Updating Your Profile10m
Social Media4m
Clock
6 hours to complete

Module 1: 3D Printing – A New Way of Making

In this module, we continue the discussion from the first course with Aric Rindfleisch, and explore further the reasons why 3D printing is considered a paradigm shift and a revolutionary change. We will hear from people working in the field, from academics, venture capitalists, and even lawyers. We will focus mostly on accessible desktop 3D printing but will look at applications across a spectrum of 3D printing technologies....
Reading
10 videos (Total 116 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
Complexity Is Free6m
3D Printing: A Paradigm Shift12m
A Look into the Past and the Future11m
3D Printing Use Cases11m
A Venture Capitalist's View of the Industry11m
A View from the Trenches7m
Cutting Edge Applications6m
Bioprinting10m
Webinar- 3d Printing with Soft Materials(Bonus)35m
Reading7 readings
Module 1 Overview3m
Module 1 Readings25m
Bonus Webinar Audio- Whats the Hype around 3dPrinting10m
Bonus Webinar-What's all the hype around 3d printing10m
Webinar- 3d Printing Comes of Age10m
Bonus Webinar- MyMini Factory CEO Interview10m
Bonus Webinar- The Maker Movement in Education10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 1 Graded Quiz20m
Week
2
Clock
4 hours to complete

Module 2: 3D Printing – On-Demand Manufacturing

In this module, we will discuss examples of how 3D printing enhances product customization as well as the development of on-demand manufacturing. We will look at how individuals, entrepreneurs, and businesses can leverage the ecosystem to turn ideas into objects. Finally, we will consider the importance of intellectual property issues in 3D printing. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 56 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
A Market of One – 3D Hubs6m
A Market of a Few4m
On Demand and Local – TechShop10m
Learning by Making and Making for Fun at the Fab Lab8m
For Businesses and Entrepreneurs8m
Careers in 3D Printing5m
3D Printing and the Future (or Demise) of Intellectual Property10m
Reading2 readings
Module 2 Overview3m
Module 2 Readings12m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2 Graded Quiz20m
Week
3
Clock
5 hours to complete

Module 3: 3D Printing for Development and Education

In this module, we will consider the role of 3D printing in revolutionizing education and the role it can play in development in underserved communities in both developing and developed countries. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 98 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
3D Printing and Subsistence Marketplaces13m
Illinois Marketplace and Maker Literacy Program12m
From Trash to Objects9m
Enabling the Future6m
A Step Up with Bionic Hands4m
3D4D with TechforTrade19m
3D Printing in Education22m
Girls in STEM: MakerGirls5m
Reading3 readings
Module 3 Overview3m
Module 3 Readings4m
Resources for Educators10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3 Graded Quiz20m
Week
4
Clock
4 hours to complete

Module 4: From Ideas to Objects

The previous three modules have given you an overview of a wide variety of applications of 3D printing. In addition, if you work through the assessments and participate in the discussions, you will see the immense variety of applications shared by your peers. Before you start developing the skills in software and hardware, let's take a look at the process that will help you convert the problems/needs you see around you into potential ideas and, finally, into objects. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 57 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
What is Design Thinking?8m
Understanding User Needs6m
3D Printing and Design Thinking4m
Utensil Grip Personalization11m
MultiPLY8m
City X Project12m
Reading2 readings
Module 4 Overview3m
Module 4 Readings20m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 4 Graded Quiz16m
Clock
15 minutes to complete

Course Wrap Up

This brief module contains a course summary, and provides you with the opportunity to share your thoughts about your experience in this course....
Reading
1 video (Total 5 min)
Video1 video
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Top Reviews

By SSOct 15th 2018

Awesome course for anyone in industry who wants to get introduced to the applications of 3D printing and get an introduction to design thinking.

By NTJul 6th 2018

One of the finest courses (online) regarding 3D printing, consistency and visualization was optimum and would like to do more of such courses.

Instructor

Vishal Sachdev

Clinical Assistant Professor , Director, Illinois MakerLab
Business Administration

About University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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