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3D Printing for Fashion is the first book that has been designed to give both designers and industry leaders access to the conceptual and practical knowledge needed to participate in what promises to be the biggest cultural/social transformation since the last industrial revolution.
Organized around the three key topics of materials/production technologies, computational geometry/simulation and design methodologies, 3D Printing for Fashion will provide both design students and industry professionals with the know-how, skills and confidence needed to critically engage with a rapidly evolving design landscape of tools, materials and software applications. The book will crucially unpack emerging design methodologies through a series of project-driven step-by-step tutorials and will demystify complex new design and manufacturing processes through interviews with leaders in the design and 3D printing industries.
This book offers a unique guide to the three-dimensional (3D) printing of metals. It covers various aspects of additive, subtractive, and joining processes used to form three-dimensional parts with applications ranging from prototyping to production.
Examining a variety of manufacturing technologies and their ability to produce both prototypes and functional production-quality parts, the individual chapters address metal components and discuss some of the important research challenges associated with the use of these technologies.
As well as exploring the latest technologies currently under development, the book features unique sections on electron beam melting technology, material lifting, and the importance this science has in the engineering context. Presenting unique real-life case studies from industry, this book is also the first to offer the perspective of engineers who work in the field of aerospace and transportation systems, and who design components and manufacturing networks. Written by the leading experts in this field at universities and in industry, it provides a comprehensive textbook for students and an invaluable guide for practitioners
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Educational additive manufacturing programs are becoming more common within colleges and universities
From the GE Additive Education Program (AEP), which saw GE investing $10 million over five years towards polymer and metal 3D printers for colleges and universities around the world, to the MakerBot Certification Program, which trains classroom educators into 3D printing experts, it is evident that new technologies continue to be integrated into educational curriculums.
With this rise of new technologies, European leaders have emphasized the importance of additive manufacturing in higher education in preparing graduate students with the skills for the changing industries.
Students learning about 3D printing. Photo via RobotLab.
Adjusting to the reshaping industries
3D printing technologies have enabled efficient end-to-end production processes for those wanting to bring their ideas to life.
In healthcare, medical companies such as DePuy Synthes, have adopted 3D printing technologies to create patient-specific implants that promote the regrowth of bone tissue. In the automotive sector, car manufacturers such as BMW have implemented Rapid Liquid 3D printing techniques to develop customizable car interiors. Additionally, in aerospace, specialists such as
“Digital fabrication and 3D printing provide the ability to illustrate complex concepts across a variety of subjects,” said David Mills, CEO of Ricoh Europe.
“As the way people and machines work together continues to evolve, integrating technical abilities into the learning process helps ensure the skills required of the future workforce become second nature for today’s students.”
Stressing the importance of new technologies, this study, which surveyed 3,100 business and educational professions across Europe, suggests that manufacturers that have not yet adopted 3D printing technologies will fall behind their competitors.
Actuator 3D printed by Rapid Liquid Printing. Photo via MIT Self-Assembly Lab
A new and improved curriculum
According to the study, 65% of those surveyed believe 3D printing is an increasingly important component of STEM-based learning. Therefore, students are becoming more interested in subject areas that use new technologies.
In an effort to appeal to the upcoming generation of young professionals, 66% of respondents suggest that educational institutions should invest in new 3D printing technology facilities, equipment, and courses.
A reported 48% of educational institutions are currently making course content and resources that incorporate 3D printing processes and materials.
“Encouraged to act more like ‘service providers’, universities and colleges must continually raise the bar in both student satisfaction and accessibility,” added Mills.
“Responding to this by using print in new ways to offer increasingly diverse courses and tailored syllabus content is fast becoming essential.”
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Featured image shows university students learning the 3D printing process. Photo via Open Source Classroom.