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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- Realistic / Conventional
- Realistic / Investigative
- Artistic / Realistic
- 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.
- 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.