Year: 2016
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Christian Tollestrup, Kaare Eriksen, Nis Ovesen
Author: Stefan Junk, Steffen Schrock
Series: E&PDE
Institution: University of Applied Sciences Offenburg, Department of Business and Industrial Engineering, Campus Gengenbach, Klosterstr. 14, 77723 Gengenbach, Germany
Section: Studio
Page(s): 290-295
ISBN: 978-1-904670-62-9


Additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing (3DP), has increasingly become more wide-spread and
applied to a great degree over the past years. Along with that, the necessity for training courses which
impart the required knowledge for product development with 3D printing rises. This article will
introduce a “Rapid Prototyping” workshop which should convey to students the technical and creative
knowledge for product development in using additive manufacturing.
In this workshop, various 3D printers are initially installed and put into operation for the construction
of self-assembly kits during the introduced training course. Afterwards, the students use databanks to
select and download suitable components for the 3D print on the basis of criteria. Lastly, the students
develop several assembly kits independently and establish design guidelines based on their experience.
The students likewise learn to estimate and evaluate economic boundaries such as, e.g. costs and
delivery times.
For a start, it is a new approach to be using various assembly kits. These are up to date with current
technology and dispose of features such as, e.g., additional nozzles for support material and heated
building platforms. Moreover, a comprehensive evaluation of the training success will be conducted.
The students’ level of knowledge in various areas will also be determined and compared with surveys
taken before and after the conducting of the workshops. Additionally, cost and delivery time estimates
and knowledge of databanks will be determined through concrete questioning.

Keywords: Design Education, Additive Manufacturing, workshop, evaluation, 3D-Printer.

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