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ATAP 2380 - Rapid Prototyping & Reverse Engineering

Credit Hours: 2.00

Prerequisites: None

This course teaches the general concepts of Rapid Prototyping and Reverse Engineering. Through lecture and lab assignments, the student will learn basic skills necessary to convert CAD models into STL files and either CNC machine them or print them three dimensionally. Students will also be exposed to Reverse Engineering, which consists of three-dimensional scanning using a hand held laser scanner. Terminology used in the field of Rapid Prototyping and Reverse Engineering will be emphasized.

Billable Contact Hours: 2

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use basic 3D CAD package to produce 3D surfaces and solid models.


  1. Define 3D surfaces.
  2. Define 3D solid models.
  3. Export 3D geometry to STL format for rapid prototyping machines.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify STL format and structure.


  1. Understand the mathematical makeup.
  2. Create ASCII and binary formats.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify various types of rapid prototyping machines.


  1. Post process STL files for RP machines.
  2. Know the pros and cons of each machine type.
  3. Define each RP machine’s characteristics.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to rapid prototype using the following methods.


  1. CNC renshape part masters and molds.
  2. Send STL data to Rapid Prototype machines.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to reverse engineer parts and molds.


  1. Capture 3D point clouds using touch probe technology.
  2. Capture 3D point clouds using laser technology.
  3. Capture 3D point clouds using articulating arm.
  4. Capture 2D data manually by tracing existing object.
  5. Setup part to be scanned properly.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. History and Overview of Rapid Prototyping
  2. General Usage of Rapid Prototyping
  3. Data Translations (Cad to Rapid)
  4. File Format (STL - Stereolithography)
  5. Operation of Rapid Prototyping Machine
  6. Exposure to CAD/CAM as it relates to RP
  7. History and Overview of Reverse Engineering
  8. General Usage of Reverse Engineering
  9. Input Data (Stream, Point clouds, etc.)
  10. General Operation of Reverse Engineering equipment (3D Scanners, Articulating Arms, and 3D Digital Cameras)
  11. Manipulation and Editing of STL data (triangulated meshes)

Primary Faculty
Walters, Gary
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Hutchison, Donald

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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