Definition of the 3D Expert Competence

The first intellectual output aims at defining the 3D expert competence by collecting evidences and information about the skills, knowledge and competences relevant and necessary for professionals working in 3D printing in partners’ countries.
It is an essential step prior to the design of the training (O2), as it will provide detailed information about the requisites for the 3D printing professional from different perspectives, thus allowing a comprehensive view of the profession and ensuring that the training encompasses all these perspectives and needs.
This will be done by conducting a desk and field analysis according to the methodology, timeline and formats defined by BIOAVAN (O1 coordinator) and that each partner will apply.
Evidences collected will be shared and further enriched in order to define the 3D Expert competence and the different related knowledge, skills and competences.
This profile will later be validated by stakeholders at national level. Partners will set up a panel of national experts from different fields that are involved in 3D printing, including companies, teaching staff, professionals and institutions with expertise on 3D printing and/or the norms applicable at national level.
Results obtained will support the fine-tuning of the 3D Expert competence.
The main results and evidences obtained within O1 will be gathered in the O1 Report. The final version of the 3D Expert competence will serve as the basis for the design of the training (O2).


The implementation of O1 will be achieved through 4 activities, as described below:

  • O1-A1 – O1 Operative Plan
    BIOAVAN will draft and share with partners the O1 operative plan detailing the timeline, responsibilities and expected contributions and action points. The plan will valorise  cooperative methodology based on the division of tasks, according to partners’ relevant expertise. The plan will also define the methodological frames and templates supporting the intellectual output tasks deployment, as well as the resources and tools to be employed. A template report will also be defined.
  • O1-A2 – Desk and field research on the 3D Expert competence:
    Partners will conduct a desk and field research aimed at collecting information and evidences related to the competences of 3D printing professionals at national level.
    For that purpose, they will set-up and hold meetings/focus groups with  national/local stakeholders and experts from different fields, such as: companies with experience in working with/ applying 3D printing; teachers and professors that teach 3D printing; 3D printing professionals; and institutions with expertise on 3D printing and/or the norms applicable at national level. At least 10 experts will be involved in each panel of experts.
  • O1-A3 – Definition of the 3D Expert competence.
    Based on the outcomes of O1-A2, partners will analyse the results at national level and integrate the information obtained, further enriching and valorising these results by providing additional comments and inputs.
    Activity outputs will include a matrix of knowledge, skills and competences that will serve as basis for the definition of the training.
    It will be informally validated by the same group of stakeholders and by the members of the  Advisory Board.
  • OA1-A4 – O1 Report
    The results of the O1 activities will be reported in a comprehensive report: describing the activities carried out, target groups and stakeholders involved and results achieved; reporting the matrix of knowledge, skills and competences of the 3D Expert that will be adopted by 3D4VET and serve as the basis for the training.
    The O1 report will be prepared in EN and an executive summary will be translated in all partners’ languages.
    BIOAVAN will be responsible for developing the O1 operative plan and report, as well as coordinating partners’ efforts. All partners will actively contribute to the research and definition of the 3D Expert competence according to the  ethodology, timeline and formats defined.