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3D Scanning and Printing

+++ Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the TU Berlin Summer University will not take place on campus this year. Registrations for our Summer University Online program are now open! +++

Summer University Term 1: June 8th - July 3rd, 2020

Course price: 2,300 Euros

18 hours of class a week, 5 ECTS credit points, max. 12 participants



Hosted in the fully-equipped laboratory of the 3D Lab of the TU Berlin, this four-week course offers an introduction to working with professional 3D printing technologies such as laser sintering with polyamide and powder printing with mineral powder (modified gypsum). This course is aimed at those with an interest in 3D scanning and printing technologies and methods who want to gain insight into the work with professional 3D printing technologies and learn about current applications. As this technology covers numerous application areas, this course will be interesting for participants from diverse scientific disciplines (engineering, design, fine art or art history). 

The course provides an introduction to manufacturing 3D printed objects with the laser sintering system and the powder printer of the 3D Lab, as well as data generation and data preparation for it. Participants will gain basic knowledge of the use of two professional 3D printing technologies, structured light scanners and related software.

Learning Goals & Syllabus


By the end of the course, students will have:

  • gained knowlegde about the theory and applications of manufacturing 3D printed objects with the laser sintering system and the powder printer of the 3D Lab
  • learned about Data generation and preparation for these technologies
  • know how to use of two professional 3D printing technologies, structured light scanners and related software


Please click here to see the syllabus.

We intend to adjust the syllabus accodingly to the preconditions and progress of the participants. Therefore slight changes in the syllabus of the course might occur during the course.

You may find the syllabus useful when discussing with your home University whether the ECTS credits attainable for this course are accepted by them.

Course components

The course starts with an introduction to the technologies used at the 3D Lab and selected projects from its portfolio, to give participants an impression of the various possible uses of 3D technologies. Ongoing course lectures will be accompanied by detailed practical units focusing on the use of the machines and the preparation of printable objects. Specifically, the practical training will develop student’s skills in the use of structured light scanners, 3D printing technologies, and in meeting the geometrical requirements for successful 3D prints. Please notice: we will focus on Selective Laser Sintering with Polyamide 12 and Binder Jetting (inkjet-based 3D printing) with specified Gypsum powder.


    The general prerequisites of the TU Berlin Summer University are as follows: at least one year of university experience + English level B2 or equivalent.

    An advantage of additive production is the possibility to construct and design objects and to correct or optimize them after evaluating the result of the 3D-print. Hence the course is usually focusing on a theme or a selected object, that is designed and constructed during the class and will be optimized in several steps. For the 2019 Summer University we have chosen a little (and easy to construct) toy plane.

    Although our course is aimed at beginners, a specific minimum requirement is a basic knowledge of CAD software - participants must be able to handle 3D-construction or 3D-modelling software. We also recommend that students use their own laptops for processing their own 3D files with the software they are familiar with. According to CAD construction and 3D modelling we consider spatial imagination as a very helpful if not central skill.

    We will send an email with a brief request concerning the skills of the participants after the registration is finished. Please respond to it, as this information will help us to prepare details of the course. Based on the experiences of the last years, our class will include an introduction into Rhino, which is the software that we mainly use for CAD construction at the 3D-Lab and in specific for presentations during the course. If you have good experience with other software (such as SolidWorks, ProE, Maya) you are invited to use it for your CAD construction on your Laptop using your own license. Please have in mind, that we cannot answer all questions regarding different software during class, due to prior knowledge of students.

    What to bring to the course:

    We will use two technologies of scanning: Structured Light Scanning and Micro Computed Tomography. The first one is scanning the surface of objects – the second is giving information about the whole volume. Because of practical considerations we would like to limit the scale of objects you can bring with you: The maximum scale for objects to be scanned by Micro CT should fit to a diameter of not more than 12 cm and the object should not consist of metal. Scanning with our Structured Light Scanner will not be so strictly limited regarding the size of objects. Anyhow we suggest to choose objects not larger than 30 cm in diameter. Very dark objects or those that reflect light very strongly are a little bit difficult to scan.




    Prof. Dr. Hartmut Schwandt

    Meisterschüler Joachim Weinhold

    3D Labor, Institut für Mathematik, TU Berlin

    Please direct questions about the course to the TU Berlin Summer University Team at: . We will answer your questions and direct specific queries regarding course content to the course lecturers where necessary.

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    Summer University Term 1: June 8th - July 3rd, 2020

    Course price: 2,300 Euros

    18 hours of class a week, 5 ECTS credit points

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