Germany, Berlin

Introduction to 3D-Scanning and Printing - Summer

when 22 July 2019 - 16 August 2019
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 2300

Hosted in the fully-equipped 3D Lab of the TU Berlin, this four-week course offers an introduction to working with professional 3D printing technologies – such as laser sintering with polyamide and powder printing with mineral powder (modified gypsum).

The course provides an introduction to manufacturing 3D printed objects , as well as data generation and data preparation. Participants will gain basic knowledge of the use of two professional 3D printing technologies, structured light scanners and relevant software.

The course starts with an introduction to the technologies used at the 3D Lab and selected projects from its portfolio, to give participants an impression of the various possible uses of 3D technologies. Ongoing course lectures will be accompanied by detailed practical units focusing on the use of the machines and the preparation of printable objects. Specifically, the practical training will develop student’s skills in the use of structured light scanners, 3D printing technologies, and in meeting the geometrical requirements for successful 3D prints.

Course leader

- Prof. Dr. Hartmut Schwandt
- Mr Joachim Weinhold
3D Laboratory, Institute for Mathematics, TU Berlin

Target group

Students with an interest in 3D printing, 3D scanning and who want to gain insight into work with professional 3D printing technologies. As this technology covers numerous application areas, this course could be interesting for students from scientific disciplines, engineering, design, fine art or art history.


The general prerequisites of the TU Berlin Summer University are as follows: at least one year of university experience + English level B2 or equivalent.

A specific requirement of the course is an, at least, basic knowledge of CAD software. It is recommended that students use their own laptops for processing their own 3D files.

Course aim

As 3D printing and 3D scanning cover numerous application areas, this course is interesting for participants from several disciplines including science, engineering, design, fine art or art history. The course provides a good starting point for students who are interested in further applications of these technologies.

Credits info

5 EC
5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) for the academic course. 7 ECTS if booked along with the optional Start German: Language Course. 8 ECTS if booked along with the optional Managing Innovations, Arduino for Interactive Media or the DesignBuild - Community Spaces with Refugees course.

Fee info

EUR 2300: The course fee covers our cultural programme, which features visits to museums (entry tickets covered), guided walking tours of Berlin, a sightseeing boat tour, a visit to the German Parliament (Bundestag), and a trip to the city of Potsdam. Day trips to Dresden or Leipzig will be subject to additional costs and will not be covered by the course fee.