Implementing 3D Printing Education Through Technical Pedagogy and Curriculum Development


  • Ari Pikkarainen Lapland University of Applied Sciences
  • Heidi Piili LUT University



3D printing, additive manufacturing, pedagogy, technical pedagogy, curriculum, knowledge transfer


This study presents the development of a new pedagogical method, namely the model of technical pedagogy, for learning additive manufacturing (AM) due to the speed of the technological development. The speed of the technological devel-opment of AM is faster than of the educational one; curricula and teaching meth-ods have to evolve all the time in order to keep up with the development. The im-plementation of AM into the mechanical engineering curriculum in Lapland uni-versity of applied sciences (Lapland UAS) in Finland is used as an example in this study. The aim and purpose of this study is to create a model of technical pedagogy which gives universities the possibility to integrate AM into their cur-riculum more efficiently. This happens by combining traditional pedagogy into technical subjects in curriculum development work. This study also presents the learning concept of AM which shows the learning to be inversely proportional to the requirements of AM. Identification of the learning process of AM help the educators to plan AM education more efficiently.

Author Biographies

Ari Pikkarainen, Lapland University of Applied Sciences

Senior lecturer, Mechanical engineering department

Heidi Piili, LUT University

Professor, Research Group of Laser Materials Processing and Additive Manufacturing, LUT School of Energy Systems




How to Cite

Pikkarainen, A., & Piili, H. (2020). Implementing 3D Printing Education Through Technical Pedagogy and Curriculum Development. International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP), 10(6), pp. 95–119.