Presented in this paper is our experience of teaching freeform fabrication to students at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and to high school students and teachers. The emphasis of the curriculum is exposing students to rapid product development technologies with the goal of creating awareness to emerging career opportunities in CAD/CAM. Starting from solid modeling, principles of freeform fabrication, to applications of rapid prototyping and manufacturing in industry sponsored product development projects, students can learn in-depth freeform fabrication technologies. Interactive course content with hands-on experience for product development is the key towards the success of the program.

Meeting Name

19th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (2008: Aug. 4-6, Austin, TX)


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Intelligent Systems Center


This research was supported by the National Science Foundation Grant Number DMI-9871185, and IIP-0637796, the grant from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory contract # FA8650-04-C-5704, and Missouri S&T Intelligent Systems Center. Their support is greatly appreciated.

Keywords and Phrases

Solid Freeform Fabrication

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Final Version

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Publication Date

06 Aug 2008