As 3D printing is evolving it is pretty much mainstream coursework in institutions of higher learning. The departments of engineering, architecture, fine arts, and medical have incorporated 3D printing as part of their curriculum at many universities, with some offering programs entirely focused on additive manufacturing and related industries.
With the emergence of 3D design and printing, students are finding it easier to prototype and iterate quickly. Anyone can now design something and produce in 3D without needing access to a machine shop or knowing how to operate specialized software or equipment. The manufacturing and design worlds are seeing a new class of designers and engineers with the knowledge and potential to create models more quickly and to produce finished projects using new and better materials.
One of the biggest challenges facing schools is how to teach the critical skill of documentation. In addition, teaching how one can manage the assets and changes to those assets as the project evolves is essential.
For example how can you:
- track the changes on a project,
- capture the notes of other team members if it is a group project,
- manage the iterations on a design,
- track and propagate assets to other projects?
When you have the ability to capture evolving intellectual property (either from an individual or a team) it can be leveraged to benefit future student knowledge, used for school placement and recognition, and promote professional development.
Augmented Reality (AR) is also playing a role in the 3D design field. Now with the use of AR, student(s) can visualize and iterate faster on a project contributing to fewer test prints and wasted materials. Using AR as part of the 3D program can save time, money, and the environment allowing a program to service more users with fewer printers.
To find out how makeSEA for Education captures intellectual property, promotes documentation for individual or team projects and incorporates AR (with Magic Leap technology), Contact Us to request a free no-obligation trial or demonstration.