Profession 3D printing technician

3D Printing technicians assist in the designing and programming of products, ranging from prosthetic products to 3D miniatures. They may also provide 3D printing maintenance, check 3D renders for customers and run 3D printing tests. 3D printing technicians can also repair, maintain and clean 3D printers.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Artistic / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Printing on large scale machines

    Methods, processes, and restrictions related to printing on machines that produce large quantities and sizes of graphic print materials.

  • 3D modelling

    The process of developing a mathematical representation of any three-dimensional surface of an object via specialised software. The product is called a 3D model. It can be displayed as a two-dimensional image through a process called 3D rendering or used in a computer simulation of physical phenomena. The model can also be physically created using 3D printing devices.

  • Maintenance and repair

    The preservation and restoration of products and systems, and the methods and logistics of these practices.

  • 3D printing process

    The process of reproducing 3D objects by using 3D printing technologies.

  • ICT software specifications

    The characteristics, use and operations of various software products such as computer programmes and application software.

  • CAD software

    The computer-aided design (CAD) software for creating, modifying, analysing or optimising a design.

  • Maintenance of printing machines

    Upkeep procedures and technical working of machines that produce printed graphical material.

  • Printing materials

    The materials, such as paper, film, metal foils, and glass, on which texts or designs can be transferred by applying ink through direct pressure or with intermediate rollers.

  • Printing techniques

    The techniques and processes to reproduce text and images using a master form or template such as letterpress printing, gravure, and laser printing.

Skills

  • Operate 3D computer graphics software

    Use graphical ICT tools, such as Autodesk Maya, Blender which enable digital editing, modelling, rendering and composition of graphics. These tools are based in mathematical representation of three-dimensional objects.

  • Use CAD software

    Use computer-aided design (CAD) systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimisation of a design.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Advise client on technical possibilities

    Recommend technical solutions, including systems, to the client within the framework of a project.

  • Draft design specifications

    List the design specifications such as materials and parts to be used and a cost estimate.

  • Operate printing machinery

    Operate machinery for various types of printed documents, adjusting the font, paper size, and weight. This allows ascenders and descenders to be correctly placed.

  • Identify customer's needs

    Use appropriate questions and active listening in order to identify customer expectations, desires and requirements according to product and services.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Create solutions to problems

    Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.

Optional knowledge and skills

determine suitability of materials blueprints create technical plans manufacturing processes calculate materials manual draughting techniques mathematics technical drawings monitor manufacturing quality standards mechanics industrial engineering design prototypes cadd software design principles design drawings product comprehension prosthetic devices use manual draughting techniques clean equipment