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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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Skills & 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

Career Information

SuperStrong® Career & Interest Assessment

Find out what your interests and strengths are with this 10-minute online assessment. Then see what careers and programs at Lake Superior College may line up with them!

Plan Your Education

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

Program Guide

Learn more about this program at the Integrated Manufacturing Program Open House


Approximate total tuition & fees for MN residents to complete this degree.

Tuition & Fees

14 Credits

The 3D printing certificate may be completed with 14 credits if pre-program requirements are met.

See the Program Guide for details.

Potential Career Opportunities

  • CAD operator
  • CAD/CAM specialist
  • Auto design detailer
  • Design layout drafter
  • CAD designer

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Minnesota Median Wage


US Median Wage


Source: MN DEED website as of November 2016. Figures shown are median hourly wages rounded down to the nearest whole number.

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