3D Expert – Learning Pathway

The second intellectual output will be based on the profile outlined in O1, namely the knowledge, skills and competences identified defined for the 3D Expert competence.In O2, the partnership will design the 3D Expert curriculum, which will include hardware and software competences ready to be implemented in partners’ countries, as well as other recommendations concerning its administrative and material implementation in VET educational centres. The design of the training will also include an informal validation activity by the members of the Advisory Board.

Teachers and trainers will participate in two capacity building activities aimed at allowing them to learn and understand how to organise and implement the 3D4VET learning pathway and, on the other hand, to acquire the knowledge about how to create and operate a 3D printer.

On a second moment, the Consortium will organise a local testing in Spain, Italy and Croatia, in which trainers that participated in the capacity building activity will organise practical training sessions with local students.O2 will finalise with the fine-tuning of the drafted curriculum and training materials developed by the Consortium based on the feedback collected during the local testing.


Educational Material:

O2 will be comprised of 8 activities, as follows:

  • O2 Operative Plan
    CEP will draft and share with partners the O2 operative plan detailing timeline, responsibilities and expected contributions articulation, actions lists.
  • Definition of the learning pathway, including material and equipment needs,adapted to ECVET and local regulations and recommendations.
    As explained, the curriculum will address both hardware and software and will have a strong practical dimension. It will also be general enough to allow for the application of the acquired competences to the wide range of areas where 3D Printing is being applied.The hardware part will include the construction of 3D printers. This will allow students to understand the main modular components of this type of equipment. The software part will analyse the main Open Source tools available and its potentials and differences.The 3D4VET learning pathway will be based and respect the requirements of the ECVET system, in order to allow its application at EU level.
  • Validation of the curriculum by stakeholders
    The curriculum drafted in O2-A2 will be analysed at each partner country’s national level in order to ensure its adequacy with regional/national requirements and specifications. For that purpose, partners will hold focus groups to involve relevant stakeholders and collect feedback. At least 5 stakeholders that have participated in O1 activities will take part in each country.
  • Development of learning materialsDevelopment of educational materials (syllabus, tutorials, and other materials), equipment acquisitions and testing, agreements with local VET centres.
    The materials will be developed in English and, on a second stage, translated into Spanishand, if desired, other partners’ national languages (Italian and Croatian). The trainerhandbook will be created.
  • Capacity building for trainersAs further explained, the Consortium will organise two training activities.
    The first will be organised in Venice by CRUNCHLAB and will coincide with the thirdConsortium meeting. It will target trainers and teachers and aims at allowing participants to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills on how to implement and organise the 3D4VET course at their home institutions. Participants include: two trainers from CRUNCHLAB; 2participants each from BIOAVAN, CEO, IOSK;The second training activity will be organised by BIOAVAN in Seville. Participants will receive knowledge about how to create their own 3D printer and how to operate the printer.Participants include: two trainers from BIOAVAN; 2 participants each from IFOA,CRUNCHLAB and IOSK.
  • Pilot testing
    The group of trainers that participated in capacity building activities will organise a pilot testing with students at their home institutions. This will be done by implementing the testing and its contents in three different fields: Mechanics (Croatia); Design (Italy) and Health– Prosthetics (Spain).Target audiences include at least 15 students in each country (45 in total).
  • Fine-tuning
    General evaluation, fine-tuning and production of the final version of O2 deliverables (learning pathway and materials, detailed process and pilot experiences report) based on the evidences collected during the pilot testing.
  • O2 Report
    The results of the O2 activities will be reported in a comprehensive report: describing the activities carried on, target groups and stakeholders involved, results achieved; reporting the training contents, the testing and validation activities.The O2 report will be prepared in EN. Executive summary will be translated in all partners’ languages.