3D printing and additive manufacturing technology has opened up a wealth of new career options for students interested in working with this relatively new manufacturing technology. Many of the these jobs didn’t exist 5 years ago and with the rapid development in the technology and materials, in the next few years there will be jobs that don’t even exist now. The impact of 3D printing is even being seen across more traditional career paths such as medicine,  law, architecture and fashion as well as the engineering, automotive and construction industries.

To take advantage of these potential future careers, students first of all need to be aware of where 3D printing is used, it’s applications and the potential careers opportunities. Following this students need to understand the types of job roles that exist within the 3D printing industry and the knowledge and skills required to embark upon a career in 3D printing. With this in mind the CREATE Education Project have developed this 3D Printing Careers Presentation to inspire students and educate them about the options that are open to them. The presentation includes:

  • An introduction to 3D printing and the 3D printing process (for students who have not experienced this technology)
  • An overview of the industries that utilise 3D printing, with examples of the applications of the technology. This includes engineering, medicine, architecture and construction, space exploration, product design and the fashion industry
  • Examples of how innovating with 3D printing can solve problems and make lives easier for people.
  • An optional design challenge, if you wish to do a group activity with the students.
  • Examples of 3D printing careers.
  • Required/desirable knowledge and skills.
  • What next? Tips to help interested students to explore these career options further and develop new skills independently.

In The Classroom

This presentation has been designed to be delivered to a group of students during a careers workshop, lesson or assembly. The design challenge that is included allows students to work in groups to discuss the applications of 3D printing technology, share and develop ideas. The presentation is fully editable and the design challenge can be removed if required for example if using the resource as an assembly or formal presentation session. Each slide contains guidance notes with suggestions for explaining the ideas presented on the slide and links to further case studies and sources of information.