3D Printing processes are relatively new to the manufacturing industry. Technicians assist in the designing and programming of products, ranging from prosthetics to 3D miniatures utilizing computer-aided design (CAD) to print products in layers. They may also provide 3D printing maintenance, check 3D renders for customers and run 3D printing tests. 3D printing technicians can also repair, maintain and clean 3D printers.
3D printing requires a strong knowledge of math and science to carry out the methods, processes, and restrictions related to printing on machines that produce large quantities and sizes of print materials. This career utilizes sophisticated, specialized software to produce high end results. Technicians may also perform maintenance and repair on those machines and systems to keep everything running smoothly.