3D Printing Case Studies

Stratasys offers the world’s most advanced 3D printing solutions for educators and students. With Stratasys students gain a key advantage in the employment market. The same Stratasys 3D Printers in use at many academic and technical institutions are also used by your students’ future employers at Fortune500 companies and other leading design and manufacturing businesses around the world.

FDM technology, however, may have made a difference for some. “Of the 44 students in my class, more than 20 of them said this project influenced their decision to pursue a major involving engineering technology,” said Christensen.

“Backwards instructional design” is what Brad Christensen calls his method of teaching his Technology I class. A professor in the Technology and Industrial Arts Department of Berea College in Berea, Ky., Christensen gives his students the final project on the first day of class. He then presents his instruction based on what is needed. A recent project involved making radiocontrolled boats using FDM technology from Stratasys.

“Most students in this class have never designed anything,” he said. “Many have never measured or cut on a line before. This is their first exposure to the engineering process, their first try at making something work.” Berea College is a private liberal arts college providing education primarily to students from Appalachia who show great promise but have limited economic resources.

Dimension 3D Printers help teach design concepts in: Architecture, Industrial Design, Medical Design, Sculpting, Mechanical Engineering, 3D Animation, Cartography, Visual Arts, Graphic Design, & Science / Math.

With the Dimension 3D printer, students are better able to experiment with their design concepts and test their engineering visions, truly understanding why a part worked or why it didn't. The printer has really changed the whole learning dynamic for my students.

At STARBASE Minnesota, a non-profit educational organization serving nearly 4,000 students each year from more than 30 inner city schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul, instructors have found an assignment that eliminates this aversion – have the students plan a mission to Mars that includes building working rockets.

The program’s aerospace-themed curriculum provides a technology-rich environment that inspires students, builds their skills and develops aptitude and confidence. STARBASE Minnesota – largely funded by the Department of Defense and sponsored by the Minnesota National Guard – was established in 1993 to generate excitement and interest in science, mathematics and technology. The program engages students in an intense, five-day, 20-hour program that is aligned with the national and state standards and helps schools meet essential educational benchmarks.

Acist uses Stratasys’ FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology to maximize efficiency beyond rapid prototyping alone. According to Dave Scott, manufacturing engineering manager at Acist:

“We haven’t picked a single path for FDM. We like to use it everywhere. We use it for fixtures, functional testing, industrial design and end-use parts. We want to use as many FDM parts as possible in our machines that are going to market. FDM allows for putting greater complexity, form and function into one part as opposed to traditional methods.”