Digital Design and 3D Printing in Business

Digital Design and 3D Printing in Business

3D printing and computer-aided design (CAD) programs are changing the way products are conceived, developed, and manufactured. This class will cover all aspects of this “digital revolution” in design and manufacturing, including the fundamentals of CAD, overview of the different 3D printing technologies, and applications, costs, and benefits. The focus will be on the three major steps in 3D printing: 1) CAD design, 2) creating the machine instruction file (called “slicing”), and 3) operating and maintaining a 3D printer. This class is geared for companies—manufacturers, industrial and packaging designers, and engineering and architectural firms—and individuals that are ready to, or interested in, making the leap to digital design and manufacturing.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the changes in manufacturing brought on by digital design tools and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) tools.
  • Learn the broad range of technologies, applications, materials, and capabilities that fall under the umbrella of 3D printing.
  • Learn the basics of creating three-dimensional geometry in a CAD program.
  • Learn the key build parameters specified within a slicer program and create gcode files for 3D printing.
  • Calibrate, load, and operate a 3D printer (demo units will be used in the class).


Benefits and Outcomes

  • Attendees will have a more complete understanding of digital design and manufacturing to better evaluate and justify technology acquisition.
  • The class will de-mystify the would-be complicated world of 3D printing by defining technology categories, redundant terminology, material options, and cost considerations.
  • Attendees will understand the multi-step process of 3D printing and so be prepared for operating equipment successfully in the future.
  • Attendees will learn to create 3D geometry in a simple CAD program, learn to modify print parameters and “slice” in a slicer program, and learn to calibrate, load, and operate a 3D printer.


Two 4-hour sessions

March 11 and 25, 2020

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm





Tim Caffrey

Director of Business Development