Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences Enriches Additive Design and Manufacturing Courses with MakerBot 3D Printers
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is a prestigious 140+ year-old university delivering advanced engineering and technical training to students entering the workforce. Students utilize METHOD X for a range of applications, from research and development to industry thesis projects.
Prof. Dr Finsterwalder teaches the Additive Design and Manufacturing courses, where students are taught the foundations of generative design and additive manufacturing on both a theoretical and physical level.
“I believe that 3D printing is a valuable problem-solving tool and key competency for the future workforce. It was important to integrate this technology into our courses to give students a chance to use equipment that is currently being used within the design and manufacturing companies today,” said Prof. Dr Florian Finsterwalder.
The courses teach students how to conceptualize, design, and transform ideas into tangible objects they can physically manipulate. Students also dive into the different materials, processes, technologies, and sustainability practices across the additive manufacturing spectrum. Students learn more than just prototyping; they are taught about the industrialization of the entire additive manufacturing chain.
Additive manufacturing enriches the University’s curricula by providing students with hands-on training with innovative technology that is also used in businesses today. Open 24/7 during the semester, students utilize the lab and the machines frequently. By the time the students graduate and enter the workforce, they will be working at the height of Industry 4.0.