Foundations of 3D Printing: eLearning


Geared to those new to or with an interest in this innovative technology, Foundations of 3D Printing is an interactive four-module course that presents comprehensive introductory knowledge of the 3D printing industry. Covering terms and definitions, software and hardware as well as discussing applications and case studies, you will begin to understand the benefits of 3D printing in a way that is relevant to your business needs.

In addition, Foundations of 3D Printing introduces concepts related to:

  • Print process challenges and considerations
  • Benefits and limitations of the applications of various technologies
  • Quality and safety considerations


  • Identify the seven unique additive manufacturing processes
  • Identify the software and hardware required for 3D printing
  • Define the four phases of the 3D printing process
  • Confirm how 3D printing is being utilized within select industries

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to 3D Printing
Provides the background of 3D printing, related terminology, a review of the seven unique 3D printing processes and basic applications.

Module 2: 3D Printing Hardware & Software
Explores the various software and hardware required for 3D printing. Introduces Computer Aided Design, Scanning and Repair Software as well as tiers of 3D printers, features and selection criteria considerations.

Module 3: The 3D Printing Process
Presents the four phases of the 3D printing process (Digital file creation, Preparation for printing, Printing, Post processing) in detail via a simulated case study. This module also begins to discuss quality and safety considerations specific to 3D printing.

Module 4: Applications of 3D Printing
Discusses applications of the technology within the aerospace, automotive, healthcare and consumer industries. In addition, the module introduces the 3D printing supply chain, end user categorization, and final considerations for implementing a 3D printing strategy.


Course Syllabus

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Target Audience

This is a foundational course for any business professional, engineer, or designer with a desire to learn about 3D printing and the Additive Manufacturing industry.


Course Access

Online course will be available for one year from the date of purchase.


Proficiency Exam

Upon completion of this course students will receive a certificate of completion. Students who have completed the course will also be eligible to complete a proficiency exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, students will receive a certificate of proficiency which will be required for UL’s additive manufacturing professional certification program.

The course exam is administered online and will be available at any time following the completion of the course. Students will have up to 2 years to complete the exam after successful completion of the course.

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Time Requirement


Web-Based Modules 2.5 hours; approximately 30-40 minutes per module

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