With the infusion of Local Share Strong Workforce Program funds, De Anza College's Design and Manufacturing: CAD program will develop an advanced course in additive manufacturing and 3D printing techniques: Advanced Topics in 3D Printing. Bay Area demand for engineers and engineering technicians with facility in advanced 3D printing applications is strong and anticipated to continue to grow. The proposed course will provide students with a progressive knowledge of 3D printing and rapid prototyping and present applications in design, engineering, and manufacturing. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the intersection between computer aided design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), and additive manufacturing systems by designing and prototyping parts.
In order to address the industry demand in the areas of additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping, the CAD program proposes to purchase several professional stereolithography apparatus (SLA) printers, such as the 3D Systems Professional Micro printer. These printers will complement the liquid photopolymer (PolyJet) and fused deposition modeling (FDM) printers that the program current has in order to better prepare students for the full range of employment opportunities in this sector.
Although the Design and Manufacturing Technology: CAD program is not requesting Strong Workforce Program funding directly, program faculty and staff are committed to improving student outcomes, closing equity gaps, and connecting students will internship and employment opportunities. The program will continue its efforts to attract an increasingly diverse cohort of students to the program and support their success.