Intro to 3D Printing



Blong Technology Center buildingEastern Iowa Community Colleges has unveiled a new class, Introduction to 3D Printing, that looks at the past, present and future of this cutting edge technology. Offered at the college’s Blong Technology Center, the class is in the college’s Mechanical Design Technology program.

“There are no prerequisites for the course so anyone can enroll,” said instructor Brad McConnell. “It’s great for people who may be thinking about a career in 3D printing and advanced technology, or even for the person who is just interested in getting started in 3D printing themselves.”

The course begins with an introduction to the historical factors that have shaped manufacturing through the centuries as well as the current and emerging 3D printing applications. The advantages and limitations of each technology will be explored as students evaluate real-life scenarios and make possible recommendations for appropriate printing technology.

The class also looks at how 3D printing technology can save companies hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars from a time and cost viewpoint, and its many possible uses. Emphasis is placed on discussion of the economic implications of 3D printing including the impact on business startup and the supply chain.

Perhaps best of all, students have the opportunity to complete a hands-on project. Students will download a model, develop the appropriate files needed in usage of the 3D printer and create an actual 3D model.

Introduction to 3D Printing is an eight-week class, beginning March 18. The three-credit class employs both computer and face-to-face training. Students can choose between attending on Mondays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., or Tuesdays from 5 – 8 p.m.

The Blong Technology Center (BTC) is located at 8500 Hillandale Rd., just off Interstate 80 north of Davenport. For more information call the BTC at 563-441-4360 or email