Design for Manufacturing 3D Printing (3DPT), Certificate

At Dunwoody College, the Design for Manufacturing Certificate in 3D Printing is offered as either a standalone certification or stackable credential for individuals looking to advance their knowledge of 3D printing. This certification was designed through a unique partnership between Dunwoody College of Technology and Stratasys Inc. The program prepares students to utilize 3D printing hardware and software in the development of advanced manufacturing processes.

Courses are also offered to non-matriculating students looking to advance their knowledge in specific areas.

Credits earned in the Design for Manufacturing: 3D Printing certificate directly transfer into Dunwoody’s Engineering Drafting & Design (MDES) or Machine Tool Technology (MACH) associate’s degree programs.

Credential Earned: Certificate
Length of Program: 1 year (2 semesters)
Classes Offered: Evening
Available Starts: Fall Semester; Spring Semester
  • Create professional documentation in support of real-world designs.
  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Analyze traditional and contemporary manufacturing processes.
  • Utilize problem-solving skills to overcome manufacturing challenges.
General Requirements
MATH1010Algebra I3
Technical Requirements
MACH1000Machine Shop Fundamentals2
MDES1110Engineering Drawings with SolidWorks4
MDES1230Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerances4
MDES2130Advanced SolidWorks4
3DPT21003D Printing Applications5
Total Credits22

The following sample academic plan demonstrates how a student's schedule might look on a semester-by-semester basis, including elective courses. Your actual degree plan may differ from this sequence, depending on whether you start in the fall or spring semester, what transfer credits you may have (if any), and which General Education courses and electives you take and when you take them.

The sample academic plan is for informational purposes only. To determine your academic plan, please meet with an academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
MDES1110 Engineering Drawings with SolidWorks 4
MACH1000 Machine Shop Fundamentals 2
MATH1010 Algebra I 3
 Total Credits9
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
MDES1230 Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerances 4
MDES2130 Advanced SolidWorks 4
3DPT2100 3D Printing Applications 5
 Total Credits13

Course Descriptions

3DPT2100 | 3D Printing Applications | Lecture (5 Credits)

Explore traditional, additive and hybrid applications in the core manufacturing processes. Design and print prototype parts and tools to be used in various manufacturing processes.

Prerequisite(s): MDES1110

MDES1110 | Engineering Drawings with SolidWorks | Lecture (4 Credits)

Creation of 3D solid models, assemblies and related engineering documentation using SolidWorks. Blueprint reading and application of ASME/ANSI standards to CAD drawings.

MACH1000 | Machine Shop Fundamentals | Laboratory (2 Credits)

Manufacturing of parts through layout and bench work, includes the use of band saws, drill presses, surface grinders, manual lathes and vertical mills. Basic principles in metal-cutting technology includes threading, tapers, knurling, boring, radii cutting and milling procedures such as squaring stock, the use of rotary table and the many other milling and turning operations.

MDES1230 | Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerances | Lecture (4 Credits)

Principles of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing in the context of engineering and manufacturing. Application of principles using coordinate measurement machines.

Prerequisite(s): MDES1110

MDES2130 | Advanced SolidWorks | Lecture (4 Credits)

Simulation (Finite Element Analysis) and advanced surface modeling techniques. Culminates in testing for CSWA certification.

Prerequisite(s): MDES1110

MATH1000 | Algebra & Trigonometry | Lecture (3 Credits)

Real numbers and polynomials, exponents and radicals, fractional equations; proportions and linear equations; trigonometric functions, solutions of triangles, radians, trig functions graphs, vectors, and basic identities.

General Education: Mathematics