Duke’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) developed a short online course, “3D Printing at Duke,” to teach Duke students, faculty and staff to use free 3D printers at the university’s Innovation Co-Lab. The course was one of the first to be offered on Duke Extend, an open online course platform based on Open edX.
Chip Bobbert, a digital media and emerging technologies engineer at OIT, teaches the course. The course takes 1-2 hours to complete and consists primarily of videos in which Bobbert explains the basics of 3D printing technology, the different kinds of printers available, what they can make and how to use them. After passing a short quiz at the end of the course, individuals receive a certificate that grants them access to the printers.