Professional Certificate of Competency in 3D Engineering Design and Printing for Rapid Prototyping


Course at a Glance

Course Name - Professional Certificate of Competency in 3D Engineering Design and Printing for Rapid Prototyping

Course Code - CTX

Qualification - Professional Development

Duration - 3 Months

CEU/CPD* - on enquiry

*CEU/CPD hours vary according to your professional body.

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EIT Professional Certificate of Competency in 3D Engineering Design and Printing for Rapid Prototyping endorsed by the International Society of Automation (ISA)



  • Have the ability and knowledge to create 3D models
  • Receive a 3D Print of your modelled parts (mailed to your address)*
  • Learn about engineering design focus: mechanics and dynamics
  • Participate in a step-by-step practical development
  • Receive tips and tricks for proper design and 3D printing of designs
  • Have engineering CAD design experience using modern software tools
  • Gain skills in using existing open source designs
  • Receive tuition from an expert
  • Learn the do’s and don’ts of 3D printing


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The recent developments and commercialisation of 3D printers has made the topic of 3D modelling and printing very popular. Historically, it was mainly used for large industrial applications, with companies charging premium rates in getting a rapid prototype out to customers. In the present day, the cost of 3D printers has become affordable to small business and individuals alike. Not only is it being used by hobbyists and general public, but by engineers and design-houses to quickly manufacture their own prototypes. You can even manufacture replacement parts for hard-to-get items all within a matter of hours, or even minutes. Thus, having the skill and the know-how to design and print 3D parts has become crucial for the modern-day engineer or designer.

This practical, online course covers core components of 3D design and 3D printing and will provide you with the tools to tackle design projects with confidence. It starts with a review of the fundamentals of 3D printers, their history, types and functions.

You will be introduced to Computer Aided Design methodologies, and guided through the development of 3D modelled parts, assemblies and the general movement clearances and design principles. The course also provides a basic introduction to material properties, design for manufacture and cost optimisation.

Finally, you will be given the opportunity to design a basic scale model with movable parts for printing using a 3D printer in our remote laboratory.


This course covers core components of 3D design and 3D printing and will provide you with the tools and knowledge to tackle design projects with confidence. The course commences with a review of the fundamentals of 3D printers, the history, types, and functioning. Furthermore, the concepts of 3D design will be introduced, starting with drawings, part models, and assemblies, all the way to contact and movement simulations. The design consideration for 3D printing will be discussed, with the opportunity given to 3D print the various parts. Finally examples and case studies will be introduced. You will also receive:

  • Real 3D printed parts, with printouts of the practicals.
  • Parts printed will be mailed to your registered address
  • Work using a 3D design software package, ready to go (no need to install or buy anything)
  • Step-by-step practical model development and printing.

Practical Exercises:

Throughout the course, you will use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to design 3D models of various parts of a miniature design project. These multiple 3D parts will be used to create a 3D assembly of the complete design project, to test functioning and part interaction. The interaction will be simulated and animated, to test surface part compatibility and fit. Finally the assembly will be exported to relevant files for 3D printing. A real, 3D Print of the assembly will be made, and mailed back to you for personal showcasing. You will have access to our remote labs, with the software installed, for further development.


This course is designed for individuals who want to understand and build techniques required to design and print 3D parts for rapid prototyping in industrial and other environments as productively and economically as possible. No previous programming skills or development know-how required. Individuals with a drive for innovation, and interest in staying ahead of the curve with modern resources, would also benefit, including those involved in:

  • Consulting
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Design
  • Manufacturing
  • R&D
  • Product Development
  • Rapid prototyping
  • 3D Modelling
  • 3D designing
  • Commercial product developers,
  • General public,
  • Hobbyists

Course Outline

Introducing 3D printing

About 3D printers

What is 3D printing and what can be made

Technical printer functioning


Machine types

Printer Calibration

Practical session: Accessing Remote Labs and Getting to know the CAD software

3D Design considerations

Design considerations



Inter-connecting types

Material type

Surface finish



3D Scanning

Photo-based apps

Refinement, repairs, examples and close-out

Post Process Applications

Loading files and modifications

STL repairs and corrections

Examples and case studies

Review design and mailing

3D Design

Getting ready for design

Introduction to CAD and solid modelling

Sketching and 2D drawings

Basic 3D modelling techniques


Shaping (Extrude, Bevel, etc.)

Practical session: 3D part modelling

3D Design assemblies and animation




Collision detection

Explode / collapse

Layout and Exporting for printing

Practical session: 3D assembly creation and export for printing

3D Printing

Best practice using new materials

Saving time

Saving materials


Relevant to each application


Practical session: 3D printing and mailing

Learning and Teaching

Benefits of eLearning to Students

  • Cost effective: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Interactive: live, interactive sessions let you communicate with your instructor and fellow students
  • Flexible: short interactive sessions over the Internet which you can attend from your home or office. Learn while you earn!
  • Practical: perform exercises by remotely accessing our labs and simulation software
  • Expert instructors: instructors have extensive industry experience; they are not just 'academics'
  • No geographical limits: learn from any location, all you need is an Internet connection
  • Constant support: from your instructor(s) and a dedicated Course Coordinator for the complete duration of the course
  • International insight: interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice 

Benefits of eLearning to Employers

  • Lower training costs: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Less downtime: short webinars (60-90 minutes) and flexible training methods means less time away from work
  • Retain employees: keep staff who may be considering a qualification as full time study
  • Increase efficiency: improve your engineering or technical employees’ skills and knowledge
  • International insight: students will have access to internationally based professional instructors and students


How Does it Work?

EIT eLearning courses involve a combination of live, interactive sessions over the Internet with a professional instructor, set readings, and assignments. The courses include simulation software and remote laboratory applications to let you put theory to practice, and provide you with constant support from a dedicated Course Coordinator.

Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories

As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, our online engineering courses use a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software, to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during your course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log to and proceed through the various practical sessions.

These will be supplemented by simulation software, running either remotely or on your computer, to ensure you gain the requisite hands-on experience. No one can learn much solely from lectures, the labs and simulation software are designed to increase the absorption of the materials and to give you a practical orientation of the learning experience. All this will give you a solid, practical exposure to the key principles covered and will ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from your course.


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Fee Information

Course Fees

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The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) provides distance education to students located all around the world – it is one of the very few truly global training institutes. Course fees are paid in a currency that is determined by the student’s location. We aim to give you a rapid response regarding course fees that are relevant to your individual circumstances.

We understand that cost is a major consideration before a student begins to study. For a rapid reply to your query regarding courses fees and payment options, please contact a Course Advisor in your region via the below button and we will respond within two (2) business days.

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Please contact us with your location for certificate fees in the relevant currency. Full payment is required between two (2) and four (4) weeks before the course starts.

Certificate fees include:

  • All live webinars with a professional instructor
  • Four (4) technical manuals (as searchable eBooks)
  • Course materials, including recordings of all the live webinars
  • Software
  • Assignments, and
  • Ongoing support from a dedicated Course Coordinator

All you need to participate is an Internet connection, a computer, speakers and, if possible, a microphone.


Fee concessions may apply for multiple bookings on our certificate courses.

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Related Courses

Other courses available in EIT's School of Mechanical Engineering

  1. Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering Technology
  2. Advanced Diploma of Plant Engineering
  3. Advanced Professional Certificate in Applied Industrial Thermodynamic Systems for Power Generation, HVAC, Refrigeration, Aviation
  4. Professional Certificate of Competency in Chemical Engineering and Plant Design
  5. Professional Certificate of Competency in Mechanical Engineering
  6. Professional Certificate of Competency in Fundamentals of Process Plant Layout and Piping Design
  7. Professional Certificate of Competency in Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC)
  8. Professional Certificate of Competency in Onshore and Offshore Pipeline Systems


Mechanical Engineering encompasses the conceptualization, design, manufacture, control and maintenance of machines ranging from a conveyer, space shuttle to nanotechnology based objects. In broad terms, mechanical engineering channels the energy and forces in nature to the service of people. The fields in which mechanical engineering professionals operate are wide - ranging from oil and gas, power generation, water utilities, process plants, mining, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and defence.

A diploma in mechanical engineering is ideal for anyone wanting to get involved in the general engineering (whether design or maintenance) of large plants, especially as a plant engineer. Recently, mechanical engineering has begun to include many new systems in the electronics and control arena such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and SCADA as these are critical to the control of mechanical devices.

Students in the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) School of Mechanical Engineering can study an Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering with subjects that include: mechanics, structural engineering, drive systems, rotating equipment, hydraulics, pneumatics, lubrication engineering, HVAC, pumps, compressors, machinery safety, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. The short courses that form part of EIT's professional development series are designed to provide students with critical knowledge and practical tools that can be immediately applied to the workplace. They are ideal to up-skill and/or cross-skill in a particular area or technology.

The focus in EIT's School of Mechanical Engineering is in providing students with both deep and broad skills in mechanical engineering technology, focusing on real systems. Whilst there is probably not a shortage of theoretically orientated practitioners in mechanical engineering, there is a need for highly skilled, practically oriented engineers, technologists and technicians, due to the rapidly increasing use of new technologies which are becoming a key component of all modern plants and equipment. Studying our mechanical engineering courses online means you do not have to take extended periods away from existing work commitments.

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"I love this course work and the format of your training. I have completed many hours of distance learning, I actually received my Bachelor’s degree through distance learning (University of Phoenix) and I must say your format is far superior. The ability to have the lecture live with the instructor is a huge benefit. My only regret is not taking the refresher course on math, physics and chemistry. My math is very strong but I had to spend many hours refreshing myself on the kinematics equations and physics of motion but in the end it was very valuable re-learning all of this. I feel the education the EIT provides is superior to all distance education and at times is far superior to many of the in class coursework I have completed at local Universities. I look forward to attending many more courses" M. Knights (USA)

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