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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The 3D Printing Revolution

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera


This course will demonstrate how 3D printers work, show what people make with them, and examine the 3D printing ecosystem. It will also explore the future of 3D printing and discuss how this technology will revolutionize our world. The course materials include informative video lectures, on-location interviews with a variety of 3D printing experts, and engaging hands-on exercises. Learners who complete this introductory course will have a solid understanding of 3D printing and its revolutionary potential and will be able to print and customize 3D designs.

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  • Course Orientation
    • In this section, you will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and our learning environment.
  • Module 1: What Is 3D Printing?
    • In this module, you will learn what 3D Printing is, how 3D Printers work, and the types of objects you can make using this technology.
  • Module 2: Why Is It Revolutionary?
    • In this module, you will learn what is special about 3D Printing and how this technology will change the business world and revolutionize our economy.
  • Course Conclusion
    • This brief module contains a course summary, and provides you with the opportunity to share your thoughts about your experience in this course.

Taught by

Aric Rindfleisch


4.7 rating, based on 19 Class Central reviews

4.7 rating at Coursera based on 1598 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    This course really opened my eyes widely and taught me a lot about 3D printing.
    I've completed this course and and immediately bought a 3D printer to dig in this 3D revolution. I really like the way Aric taught us about 3D Printing Revolution.
    Thank you very much Aric, Coursera, University of Illinois.
  • Anonymous
    This has been a terrific introduction to 3D printing. I knew some of the applications, such as home and building construction and aerospace applications but the course opened my eyes to so many more applications.

    I am an author of books that expose teens and young adults to the nature of work in the future, and I am eager to share both online learning as well the ideas of 3D printing.

    The next course in the series is a few days away, and I'll be there.

    Joe Malgeri
  • Anonymous
    I took this course to find out more about 3D printing of which I new just that you can make 3D objects from your virtual designs. This was a real eye opener and taster into the potential of this new technology. A sound intro into an exciting and limitless industry!
  • Anonymous
    Great class, teacher showed us as a good program to continue after the course is up with is free for students. Overall, great intro into 3D Printing and well worth the time to take it for anyone who wants to get started in 3d design.
  • Anonymous
    This course is accessible to most people and it's a good introduction to 3D printing. I've enjoyed it and have found it very useful and interesting, and it's also a good place to start if you're looking for some inspiration to start a project of your own using 3D printing.
  • Anonymous
    If you want to keep up with the flow of the world into new technologies this course can assist you with tools to understand, apply new knowledge and continue being in communication with global advancement
  • Este curso é o primeiro módulo de uma especialização em impressão 3D.
    Ótima introdução, poderia ser até um pouco menos superficial, mas entendo que ele tem que ser fácil pois seus alunos não são necessariamente engenheiros.
  • Anonymous
    This is a great course and is the first one in the 3D printing specialization. It has a very good organization of things and starts off on a simple note.
    Overall all,great experience.!!!
  • Anonymous
    This is a good overview of 3-D printing. It got me thinking about the potential of the technology. The technology will change some things in the coming years.
  • Anonymous
    It helped me a lot to understand about 3-D printing and made me more enthusiastic about it. It is perfect for those who want to know 3-D printing better. Thanks.
  • Ideal for getting into the 3d printing world orderly. It use clear and precise content, very entertaining and didactic materials. Strong recommendation!!!
  • Anonymous
    This course was a fascinating introduction to the possibilities of 3D printing. Thanks so much to Coursera, Aric, and all involved in making the course!
  • Anonymous
    Undoubtedly, this is a great course to get your feet wet in 3D printing and get started. It gives an overall view of the 3D printing Ecosystem.
  • Anonymous
    This is a great intro course to 3D printing. Even if you're already somewhat familiar with the 3D printing process, the class introduces you to many 3D printing applications you may not have heard of. And if you're completely new to the topic, it covers the basics.

    I am very glad I took this course. I feel like I am much more prepared to start a 3D printing business because I learned about the vast number of resources available to help throughout the process.
  • Anonymous
    The content of this course is very comprehensive. I really like the interviews with industrial leaders and academicians because they had deepened my understanding of the ecosystem of 3D printing. However, I feel that the course structure is too packed to be completed in two weeks. Maybe we can extend the duration of the course to four weeks, so that the workload of the course can be more distributed.
  • Anonymous
    I wanted to sign up for the course. I decided against it because there was no information provided about the cost of the course. When I tried to sign up, I was immediately asked for my contact information. It was an extreme turn-off for me as I expect to receive full disclosure of the cost before entering my email address or other information.
  • C Holton
    Great content and brief projects. Nice interaction with people around the world. Based on this course, purchased the rest of the specialization. Quizzes could be stronger but they are a minor element.
  • Anonymous
    I knew little about 3d printing before taking this course, now I have opened my mind to the infinite possibilities of this technology that is only in its childhood, thanks to all the team.
  • Crystan M. Reed

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