3D Printing for Art & Industry

3D Printing for Art & Industry

Next Program Sequence Begins: T1/21


3D Printing for Art and Industry 

Learn Hi-Tech Design and Manufacturing Skills Online and Experience Applied Learning in the 3D Printing Lab


3D Printing, also known as Additive Manufacturing, is constructively disrupting manufacturing sectors bringing digital design and fabrication technologies to an array of industries.

This program offers students the opportunity to learn the skills required to design and be productive with 3D printing.  The courses begin with the fundamentals then continue with a range of applied learning projects, practical design and printing experience, and general industry knowledge.

Students successfully completing the courses will develop a portfolio and be prepared to gain certification in Autodesk Fusion 360 - one of the leading design platforms for design and production in additive manufacturing. 

The first two classes are approved General Studies Electives, and students can continue through the entire series of courses by declaring the Minor in 3D Printing for Art and Industry. 

The courses are offered online with access to the 3D Print Lab for those residing in Troy, and virtual lab access is provided for those attending remotely.



Courses included in the minor:

Fundamentals of 3D Modeling and Printing - IA 2220 (3)

Online T1/21

Available as General Studies Area II Elective 

Course Description: This course introduces students to the fundamental skills required to begin designing and printing using CAD (Computer Aided Design) software. Digital design terminology and techniques combined with an understanding of how 3D printers function will be delivered through a series of fundamental projects.



3D Printing Lab - IA 2225 (1)

Online T1/21, T2/21

Course Description: Through project-based learning students apply 3D design and printing skills for applied experience with printers and other technologies offer in the lab.  May be repeated for credit.

This course is available most terms and may be repeated up to three times for credit hours in the minor.

Prerequisite: IA 2220


Product Development and Assistive Design - IA 3330 (3)

Online T2/21

Course Description: Intermediate Product development will be taught and applied through practical and creative 3D printing projects. Students will learn intermediate solid modeling with an emphasis on assistive design.

Prerequisite: IA 2220-Fundamentals of 3D Modeling and Printing


Large Format 3D Printing and Sustainable Materials - IA 2230 (3)

Online T3/22

Available as General Studies Area II Elective 

Course Description: Utilizing sustainable materials like recycled plastics, concrete, and clay, this class will explore eco-innovative approaches to large format design and manufacturing including introduction to 3D scanning, scaling, and intermediate mesh modeling. Students may choose an Arts focus, an Industry focus, or a blend of the two. 

Prerequisite: IA 2220-Fundamentals of 3D Modeling and Printing


Constructive Disruption: Design Process and Workflow - IA 3320 (3)

Online T4/22

Course Description: Students will learn to offer constructive disruptions applying innovative concept, design, and manufacturing workflows and communication. Course will address the entrepreneurial mindset, problem-solving process, portfolio building, and preparation for internship.

Prerequisite: IA 2220-Fundamentals of 3D Modeling and Printing


3D Design and Production Internship - IA 4498  (3)

Online T4/22

Course Description: Through 3D design and production, students will identify or be partnered with a business or enterprise for internship to gain applied experience with the skill sets developed in these courses.

Prerequisites: IA 2230, IA 3320, and IA 3330



Students also have the option of selecting three (3) hours from electives approved by 3DP advisor and Department Chair.

Recommended electives:

ANT 3313 - Laboratory Techniques in Archaeology
ART 4435 - Collaborative Studio
ART 3342 - The Business of Art and Design
BUS 1101 - Introduction to Business
EET 2210 - Electronic Devices
EET 3315 - Digital Circuits and Systems
EET 4420 - Fundamentals of Microcontrollers
ENT 2200 - Innovation and Creative Thinking
ENT 2210 - Innovation by Design
IA 2235 - Creative Collaborations, Teams, and Partnerships
IA 3335 - Integrated Arts Concept and Design
IA 3340 - Integrated Arts Production
IA 4498 - 3D Design and Production Internship (repeated for 3 additional hours)
IDS 1101 - Global Challenges
IDS 2200 - Crossroads: Sophomore Interdisciplinary Seminar in Creative Thinking
LDR 2210 - Leadership and Interpersonal Skills
MKT 3364 - Product and Service Innovation

For more information or questions contact:

Frank Marquette - Professor of Practice
3D Printing for Art and Industry



Videos of our lab equipment and materials focus

WASP Hybrid Printer

WASP Large Format Printer

Modeling, Scanning and Sculpture

Eco-Innovation and Printing Recycled Plastics

Printing Concrete

TROY is the first university WASP Hub in the U.S.