3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing


Additive Manufacturing Market Trends

(Source: The Wohler Report, 2019)

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  • Our begining 3D Printing class "DMT 53" will be offered this Fall starting Sept. 26th

Our courses are continuously evolving to keep pace with the rapidly expanding capabilities and uses for 3D printing and additive manufacturing. We work closely with local advisory committees, industry partners and government agencies to develop our curriculum. To that end DMT is currently involved in a new National Science Foundation  grant to expand out advance manufacturing capabilities .

If you are interested in obtaining industry critical skills for designing your future take the below classes in sequense with some of our CAD classes to achive that goal. De Anza College will have a new 3D Printing Certificat in fall of 2021.

We have taught classes using 3D printing since 1996, when we integrated our first 3D systems printer into our advanced CAD Surfacing design classes. Students in all of our courses use professional grade equipment and are taught by industry experts. Our program has also recently become a Stratasys certified training institution.

Here's What You Can Learn

DMT 53: 3D Printing, Reverse Engineering and Rapid Prototyping

Course objectives

  • Understand 3D Printing technology and it uses in industry since its inception in the early 1980’s
  • Learn the fundamentals of 3D Printing materials and applications
  • Grasp the operating principles, capabilities, and limitations of state-of-the-art 3D Printing methods
  • Understand the principles of “Design for Additive Manufacturing” and compare and contrast additive processes with conventional manufacturing
  • Understand Industrial grade and desktop 3D Printing machines and grasp the complete process
  • Realize applications of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing across major industries, products and understand the requirements and constraints of each through case studies
  • Realize the potential implications of 3D Printing technologies on product development and identify needs for new technologies to accelerate the advancement and impact of the new Rapid Prototype technologies
  • Place 3D Printing in the context of the evolving rapid prototyping and manufacturing infrastructure and there developments in industry
  • Explore the values and parameters of the major currently available technologies
  • Understanding the basics of industry level CAD modeling tools and how they are used to interface with 3D printers as a tool to produce output data
  • Overview of laser scanning as a tool for reverse engineering and how it might be used to design manufacturing models for use in a 3D Printer environment

DMT 54: 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing – Theory and Practice

Course objectives

  • Recognize the advantages and limitations of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing technologies in developing new engineering systems and identifying emerging opportunities in developing products for mass customization products and processes
  • Explore design processing parameters for the Additive Manufacturing process solution chain with available systems and software
  • Utilize best practices in design intent and implement principles of “Design for Additive Manufacturing” or DFAM
  • Explain the principles of material selection options for AM design considerations and tensile strength, heat deflection and ISO certification considerations
  • Compare prototyping and product cycle considerations in the Additive Manufacturing process

DMT 56: AM Support Tech Operator

Stay tuned as we look to the future and develop more 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing curriculum to meet the educational and training needs of this fast growing industry sector.

  • Forthcoming AM Certificate

DMT 57: DfAM

DfAM - Design for additive manufacturing (DfAM or DFAM)

DfAM Flow


Contact Mike Appio, DMT department chair, at appiomike@deanza.edu

3D Printing Club at De Anza

Learn With the Latest Tools!

De Anza DMT students have the opportunity to work with the following equipment and software.

Additive Manufacturing Equipment

Professional Application Software 

 AM CAD Room

  CAD & 3D Printing Class Rooms & Labs now in SC3103 in Building SC3.  Google Maps

 Technology Focus

You're welcome to join our email list for information about classes and activities. Please send an email to cad@deanza.edu

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