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3D Printing Tech

The rise of 3D printing technology, also known as additive manufacturing, has opened up a whole new world of career opportunities. Meet Sebastian Lovett. He’s an Additive Manufacturing Technician or 3D printing technologist at RP+M. His job is to work with different types of 3D printers.

RP+M stands for rapid prototyping plus manufacturing. They are a plastic injection molding/contract manufacturing company. Companies come to RP+M with an idea for something they want to make. Sebastian takes those ideas and uses the 3D printers as a tool to make those things come to life and create a prototype for them.

Day-in-the-life of a 3D printing technologist

On any given day, a customer sends them an idea of what he or she wants to make a prototype of. Sebastian puts that into a computer software program like CAD. (CAD stands for computer-aided design) They do some designing and programming to show the customer what it will look like and how much it will cost etc. If the customer decides to actually print the prototype, Sebastian sends the file to the printer and monitors the printing of the piece.

How does 3D printing work?

Sebastian explains how the 3D printing process works.

Sebastian shares some examples of prototypes made using 3D printing technology.

What is additive manufacturing?

Additive manufacturing is 3D printing. It refers to the process of creating a three-dimensional object, according to Wikipedia. Sebastian explains more in this video:

Education

Sebastian says colleges are slowly starting to add additive manufacturing and 3D printing into their curriculum. It will only increase as the industry gains in popularity. Sebastian says you don’t necessarily need a college degree right now to get into a career as a 3D printing technologist. However, he does suggest you look to get some sort of degree. Even if they don’t have a specific degree in this field, Sebastian says look for a degree that can be applied to a career in additive manufacturing.

Right now Sebastian is working toward his bachelor’s degree. He took some college-level CAD courses that helped him land his job. Now he goes to Lorain Community College, studying Electrical Engineering Technology. He wants to go into electrical design in the additive manufacturing field. He hopes to someday be able to design printers.

Sebastian explains more about how the CAD process works.

Here’s a magazine for the additive manufacturing industry: http://www.additivemanufacturing.media/

SALARY:

According to Glassdoor.com, an additive manufacturing tech can make an average of $20 an hour. According to SimplyHired.com, depending on your education and job title, salaries can be as high as an average $66,000 a year.

To learn more about RP+M visit: http://www.rpplusm.com/index.html

Learn more about other manufacturing careers here.

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