Transform the Way of Learning
“3D printing overcomes technical barriers for students. What used to be strenuous to produce by traditional methods can now be done with the press of a button. The process is simpler than we expected but the impact has been remarkable as it inspires students and induces creative thinking.”
– Professor Young Choi
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chung-Ang University.
As 3D printing has been on the rise in South Korea, in 2014 the Korean government announced a USD 2.3 million investment plan in setting up 3D printing centers and supporting SMEs with 3D printers. Adoption of 3D printing by local enterprises keeps growing across different industries and it is essential for tertiary education institutions to better equip the young generation with necessary knowledge and professional skills before entering the competitive job market.
Envisioning the impact of 3D printing on business and manufacturing process, the Chung-Ang University set up a 3D Digital Design Laboratory (the Lab) in 2006 to offer students hands-on technical trainings while conducting a mathematics study on metamathematical expressions (visualizing algorithms and data structure by 3D shapes). Professor Young Choi, Head of the Lab, opted for a Dimension® 3D Printer to spark engineering students’ interests in mechanical design and help them overcome challenges in product design coursework.