Professional studies

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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

To work in teams in the design of parts for 3D printing.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to:

Design parts in SolidWorks for 3D Printing

Determine print times for MakerBot 3D Printing

Select between different 3D Printing operations

Participate in group work in the development of a product for 3D Printing

Produce quality essays and reflect on the future of 3D Printing

Use online presentation software

Course contents

Learning 3D Printing
Learning to use MakerBot Printers
Additive Manufacturing: Short Run Production
Design for Additive Manufacturing: FDM
Rapid Prototyping for Product Design
Additive Manufacturing: Materials for 3D Printing
Additive Manufacturing: Optimization 3D Prints
Additive Manufacturing: Troubleshoot 3D Prints
Additive Manufacturing: Metal 3D Prints
3D Scanning with a Camera

Product Development for 3D Printing - Group Project.

The Future of 3D Printing
The Future of 3D Printing

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Solid Modelling - Students are required to model parts for 3D printing using SolidWorks or a similar 3D CAD software.

Additional information

The student is required to sign up to a group for the group presentation within the first week of class and to participate in group work. The student can choose from an on campus face to face group or a remote working group. There is thus no compulsory attendance in this course.

Course Software Available also from:
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Recommended or required reading

"3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing", Chee Kai Chua, Kah Fai Leong.

Additional Reference book: "3D Printing - Technology, Applications and Selection", Noorani

Study activities

  • Small-group work - 40 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 35 hours
  • Individual studies - 30 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 30 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

The course requires the students to obtain over 50% in total.

20% - Assignment 1: LinkedIn Learning online courses

30% -Assignment 2 (optional), The Future of 3D Printing individual essay
50% - Product Development for 3D Printing - Group Presentation and Report

Follow good scientific practice in studies at Arcada:

50-59 Grade 1 Satisfactory
60-69 Grade 2 Satisfactory
70-79 Grade 3 Good
80-89 Grade 4 Good
90-100 Grade 5 Excellent


  • Anukka Harri
  • Vihtonen Mathew


Vihtonen Mathew

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2021-12-09

The timetable of the course

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Assessment methods

  • 2021-12-09 - Demonstrations and presentations
  • 2022-01-03 - Reports and productions

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