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MECH 502 - Advanced/Additive Manufacturing Engineering

In this course you will learn the importance of additive manufacturing (a.k.a. 3D Printing) and its huge role in global product development and innovation. You will develop a rich knowledge of 3D printing technologies, devices, capabilities, materials and applications. You will learn the trade-offs between various 3D printing processes and technologies, along with the various software tools, processes and techniques enabling personal fabrication, such as 3D scanning. You will explore the broad range of 3D printing applications, including biomedical, aerospace, consumer products, and creative artistry, to mention a few. And finally, you will learn the latest trends and opportunities in 3D printing, including “personal” 3D printing, localized services, production parts, mass customization, and how to commercialize your ideas.


MECH 202 (Engineering Design II) or MECH 331 or MECH 331A; MECH 331B.

Important Information

Military personnel admitted to a College of Engineering online degree program may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Tuition discounts can only be given if you provide the appropriate discount code at the time of registration. Call (877) 491-4336 or email to learn more.

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • Additive Manufacturing Technologies: 3D Printing,Rapid Prototyping, and Direct Digital Manufacturing, 2nd Ed. (2015)
    Ian Gibson, David W. Rosen, Brent Stucker

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.

Required textbook: Additive Manufacturing Technologies: 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, and Direct Digital Manufacturing, 2nd Ed. (2015); Ian Gibson, David W. Rosen, Brent Stucker


David A. Prawel
David A. Prawel

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Dr. David Prawel has enjoyed a 38 year career as a developer, entrepreneur, consultant and educator in 3D technology and digital product development. He helped build 6 startup companies, with one successful IPO and hopefully one more in the works. He earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Buffalo, and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in Biomedical Engineering. He is currently on the Research Faculty in Mechanical Engineering at CSU, where he develops cardiovascular and orthopedic biomaterials. He also runs the Idea2Product 3D printing lab at CSU (, which he founded in 2012.