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Rapid Prototyping for Businesses

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
  • Course Fee:

    Available at no cost to eligible individuals (see criteria below).

  • Start Date(s): Wednesday 29 November 2023
  • Duration: 10am - 4pm (one day)
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
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  • Entry Requirements:
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Please note: This course is delivered through the Enterprising Ashfield project, which is funded by the Government's Towns Fund. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is pleased to offer free (fully funded) places on this course to support individuals and employees of businesses that are based in the towns of Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Sutton-in-Ashfield.

The standard fee would normally be £2,100.

Physical 3D models and prototypes are still a key part of the product development and innovation process; they are used to help communicate ideas, test proof of concept and understand form and function.

This course is for those interested in finding out which technologies are suitable for you or your business, what are the relative merits of these different techniques, and whether you need to buy a machine or if an online bureau service can fulfil your prototyping needs.

With a limited number of places on the course, you'll have the one-to-one attention you need to ensure you leave with the skills to continue developing your skills at home or work.

Here's what our previous attendees said:

"I really enjoyed the course and have learned so much. I can't wait to apply my new learned skills and knowledge! After doing the course I can identify which practice or technique is perfect for my designs. I enjoyed designing on SolidWorks software and seeing how the designs get created on different machines."

"There was a good overview of prototyping options, as well as where to access information. I now have the ability to perform basic skills on solid works and the laser cutter"

"Great course content and delivery, would recommend! I enrolled onto this course to learn about rapid prototyping processes outside of additive manufacturing, and now have a better understanding of the available processes."

"I completed this course to learn new skills, I feel I have gained knowledge of the industry and understand some new processes. I really enjoyed the practical element!"

What you’ll study

In today’s world of additive manufacturing/3D printing, CNC machining and other rapid prototyping techniques, it’s now fast and easy to create stunning prototypes with little or no manual craft skills, allowing you to take your ideas to the next level without significant investment.

During this course you will:

  • see how a simple 3D CAD model is created
  • learn how this is converted into a laser-cut part and first prototype
  • explore the benefits and limitations of simple laser-cut parts
  • learn how to prepare a model for 3D printing
  • explore the benefits and limitations of 3D printing
  • see a demonstration of a part being CNC machined and learn about the benefits and limitations of this process
  • handle samples from different 3D printing technologies, the costs associated and learn where you can obtain 3D printed parts
  • learn about what you can expect from bureau services.

What will I gain?

After the course you will have an excellent understanding of how prototyping works in a modern business setting.

How you’re taught

In-person from NTU's City Campus.

Contact hours

Wednesday 29 November 2023, 10 am – 4 pm

Also available on the following dates;
Wednesday 20 March 2024, 10 am – 4 pm

Tutor profile: James Meadwell

James Meadwell joined Nottingham Trent University in September 2018 as Senior Research Fellow in Design and helped establish the Design Matter research group which specialises in design, manufacture, consultancy and training.

His role is to engage with businesses on their new product development projects, working as hands-on product design engineers, design project managers or independent advisers.

James has worked on projects as diverse as award-winning healthcare products, heavy machinery for clients such as Samsung and Alcoa, light framed steel buildings for Redrow and Corus, furniture for clients including John Lewis, and innovative medical devices.

Entry requirements

A background in CAD would be useful but not essential.

To be eligible for a place, you must live or work in the towns of Kirkby-in-Ashfield or Sutton-in-Ashfield. To check if your home or work postcode is eligible visit the Enterprising Ashfield postcode checker page.

Fees and funding

This course is available at no cost to eligible participants.

How to apply

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If you have any questions about this course, you can email or call us at +44 (0)115 848 2813.