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Rapid prototyping manufacturing (RPM) is an emerging field that uses existing and cutting-edge technologies to construct physical 3D objects. Used mainly in high-end product design, rapid prototyping can shorten product development cycle times and lead to more efficient and effective processes. RPM is often associated with additive manufacturing, CNC machining and injection molding. Our certificate program meets the critical training needs of RPM and solid modeling. Students design models with SolidWorks and then create the models with 3D printers and scanners, CNC machines and casting equipment.
These courses are part of and apply towards the Digital Design and Modeling subplan of the 60-credit hour A.S. degree in Engineering Technology.
With this certificate, you can obtain employment where Rapid Prototyping is used. Some careers include:
A long-time leader in workforce education, St. Petersburg College developed the Tampa Bay area’s first Collaborative Center for Emerging Technologies as an
open manufacturing factory work environment to simulate skills needed in emerging technologies in August, 2012.
SPC's SolidWorks Design Center was the first of its kind in Florida
developed through the collaborative efforts of local industry and makes use of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment, 3-D scanners and 3-D printers.
In all, SPC has four state-of-the-art labs, including additive
manufacturing-rapid prototyping, quality measurement and electronic
St. Petersburg College P.O. Box 13489St. Petersburg FL 33733-3489727-341-4772