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Rapid Prototyping and Design

  • Certificate
  • 14 credits
  • Delivery Method: On-Campus

Why Study Rapid Prototyping and Design at LSC?

As a child, did you ever imagine making something appear out of thin air? Something amazing! A toy you really wanted? Your own convertible, perhaps? Learn 3D printing, rapid prototyping and design and make your dreams a reality! The rapid prototyping and design certificate at Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN is a great way to enter an exciting and emerging field. Design, manufacture and test 3D models of ideas or parts. 3D printing and other rapid prototyping methods are much faster and more flexible than traditional manufacturing methods.

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    I loved the Lake Superior College welding program. It’s a great program, very hands-on. Nicole Okstad
    Alum, Welding
  • LSC is my TOP CHOICEfor CNC Programmer – Machine Technology
    I love my job at IKONICS. My CNC degree from LSC trained me well for this always challenging, high-tech position as a CNC programmer. Matt Gildner
    Alum, CNC Programmer – Machine Technology
  • LSC is my TOP CHOICEfor CNC Programmer – Machine Technology
    I have a four year degree. I worked at a job 25 years. I decided it was time to reinvent myself. Jay
    CNC Programmer – Machine Technology

Career Information

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development, and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to gather valuable career information such as wage reports, career outlook, job prospects, industry trends, and career opportunities. These tools are available to help empower students to make informed decisions about their educational and professional paths.

Below you will find the Career Field and Career Cluster that this program is related to. Learn more about if this career area fits your interests!

Is Manufacturing right for you?

Manufacturing workers work with products and equipment. You might design a new product, decide how the product will be made, or make the product. You might work on cars, computers, appliances, airplanes, or electronic devices.

Plan Your Education

The Rapid Prototyping and Design Program Guide is a tool to help you map out how to successfully get your degree at Lake Superior College.

View approximate total tuition and fees for MN residents to complete this degree.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Learn how to create prototypes of existing mechanical components
  • Analyze, inspect, measure and test an existing mechanical component
  • Produce computer-aided drawing and assembly
  • Select proper prototype process
  • Create prototype of product using prototyping equipment including 3D printers
  • Make changes in models to achieve a working product
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