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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 2
Hours: 2 lecture per week (24 total per quarter)
Advisory: Experience with internet software tools, browsers, hyperlinks, online media resources, and basic skills using a computer.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify different types of 3-D fabrication techniques.
  • Access, download, and modify 3-D printing files from online collections.


Intended for educators and others, this course will provide the fundamentals of 3-D design and fabrication concepts. The use of basic design software and online libraries will be used to assist in developing and designing 3-D projects for learning projects by students in grades K-12, business, industry, and/or governmental. An emphasis will be placed on design concepts to meet a specific educational/instructional/project need.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Identify different types of 3-D fabrication techniques
B. Access, download and modify 3-D printing files from online collections
C. Evaluate the best media for the 3-D print job based upon the use requirements
D. Establishing design criteria and scale to maintain interoperability for multiple part projects
E. Develop and submit a finished 3-D fabricated item

Course Content

A. 3-D Fabrication Techniques
1. 3-D Printing--Filament Based (PLA/ABS)
2. 3-D Printing--Resin Based
3. 3-D Printing--CNC
4. Laser Cutting
B. Online 3-D Printing Collections
1. Thingiverse
2. Tinkercad
3. Inventables
C. Types of Media Used in 3-D Fabrication
1. Filament (PLA/ABS)
2. Resin
3. Wood
4. Plastic Sheeting
D. Design Criteria
1. Material
2. Size
3. Strength
4. Weight
5. Accuracy
E. Finishing and Assembly
1. Techniques to Remove Excess Material
2. Dry Fitting Multiple Piece Projects to Ensure Proper Fit

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. When offered on/off campus: Lecture room equipped with LCD projector, whiteboard, and a demonstration computer connected online. Computer laboratories equipped with online PCs and/or Macintosh computers, network server access, and 3-D printer(s).
B. When taught via the internet: Students must have current email accounts and/or ongoing access to computers with email software, web browsing capability, and access to the World Wide Web.

Method(s) of Evaluation

The student will demonstrate proficiency by:
A. Developing a project utilizing 3-D design and fabrication technologies for the participant's specific purposes, whether educational, business-related or personal.
B. Presentation of their web-based design and 3-D printed/fabricated project to peers.
C. Making constructive contributions to class discussions.

Method(s) of Instruction

During periods of instruction the student will be:
A. Listening actively to lecture presentations delivered in student-centered learning style by taking notes, following demonstrations, or completing an activity
B. Participating in facilitated discussions of live presentations, readings or video presentations
C. Presenting in small group and whole class situations

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Instructor-assigned notes and materials.

Example textbook:

Horvath, Joan. Mastering 3-D Printing. Apress Media, 2014. Print.

Additional information, notes, handouts, syllabus, assignments, tests, and other relevant course material will be delivered by email and on the World Wide Web, and discussion may be handled with internet communication tools.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Each week requires the student to read and analyze selected websites or student projects related to that week's topic.

B. Each week's topic requires a written response to a prompt that is turned in to the instructor for review. Each prompt is designed to be a draft of a section of the student's completed project. Instructor feedback should be reflected in the final product.

C. Each week's topic requires the student to participate in a weekly discussion prompt based on that week's readings and assignment. Students are to respond to other students' responses offering support, suggestions, alternative ideas, and resources.



Instructional Design/Technology