The course is designed to introduce 3D printing and its application to accommodate a broad range of participant groups. Therefore, it is divided into four modules. The first module represents an overview of 3D printing techniques and methods. The second module allows participants to acquire basic skills in modeling 3D objects. The third module involves physical lab tours, if held at the University of Alberta, or virtual lab tours, if held outside of Edmonton, where participants can take advantage of watching the 3D printing process in real time and learn about experiments with 3D-printed models. The fourth module is aimed at gaining hands-on experience with 3D-printed models manufactured in various materials and discuss specific applications of 3D printing in geomechanics, porous media, and geomorphology.
9:00-9:20 am - Introduction, safety remarks
9:20-10:00 am - Lecture
10:00-10:30 am - Q&A session
10:30-10:40 am - Break
10:40-12:20 pm - CAD exercise
12:20-12:30 pm - Break
12:30-1:00 pm - Virtual GeoPrint Lab tour
9:00-10:00 am- Meshing tools
10:00-10:10 am - Break
10:10-11:40 am - Touch Terrain exercise
11:40-11:50 am - Break
11:50-12:40 pm - Applications of 3D printing exercise
12:40-1:00 pm - Concluding remarks
- Understand capabilities and limitations of different 3D printing techniques;
- Demonstrate how to digitally design 3D-printable models using CAD software, web platforms, and computed tomography data;
- Provide the assessment of digital models and their relative replicas 3D-printed from geoscience data;
- Characterize how 3D printing can increase the effectiveness of data communication;
- Apply 3D printing in current or future research, teaching, and communication.
Who should attend:
This course can be beneficial for geologists, petrophysicists, stratigraphers, geophysicists, geomorphologists, reservoir and geomechanical engineers, and geomodelers. It is also useful for students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors interested in current advances of 3D printing in research and teaching. In addition, managers and stakeholders can learn the application of 3D printing in a technical communication. No specific skills or prior knowledge of CAD modeling and 3D printing are required, because the course level is foundation.
This course requires a laptop. Each participant needs to pre-download the software (Meshmixer.com) and create a free account at Autodesk Tinkercad (Tinkercad.com).
Internet connection Computer: 1 Mbps or better (broadband recommended)
Mobile device: 3G or better (WiFi recommended for VoIP audio)