Prof. Dr. Finsterwalder continued, “The feedback from our students on the METHOD X has been overwhelmingly positive. Our students just want to be able to hit a button and have the printer churn out their idea in a physical form, and in this regard, METHOD has been a very useful tool. Even students who are unfamiliar with the technology can use it for their own projects.”
3D printing is increasingly gaining momentum in education, and that is no different at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. For students, 3D printing is a valuable tool for them to turn their ideas into reality, while building the experience and skills they would need for their careers. To give students an opportunity to work in real-world business situations, while supporting local businesses, the University partners with startups to create capstone projects as well as help place them for work after graduation. The region of Karlsruhe has a very vibrant startup culture, dense with commercial and industrial businesses that have shaped the education and focus for many incoming and graduating students.
“I absolutely believe that 3D printing is increasing creativity and professional development. In the past, the opportunities for realizing prototypes were rather limited due to either time or cost or both. Today, 3D printing offers us an opportunity to quickly realize parts and prototypes. The iteration and the process of developing these objects no longer stay at a theoretical level. Students face challenges and difficulties directly and use 3D printing as a problem-solving technique to realize or produce parts, products, or carry out projects,” he concluded.