Legacy Academy offers a 3-D printing course for upper level students. The course is segmented into two parts, a 30-minute lecture and a one-hour lab. Legacy Academy parent and engineer, Scott Tucker, leads the weekly course.
The lectures cover a variety of topics including the history of manufacturing, types of 3D printers, how the latest developments impact the construction industry, among other interesting ways that 3D printing is revolutionizing various fields. In the course, students are introduced to the steps of design and development. Initially, students are required to first sketch a model and construct it using materials such as toothpicks and clay before moving on to recreate the design in a digital 3D model. The model is then converted into a file type that is processed by the 3-D printer. Students are able to create models based upon their interests in addition to projects related to lessons being learned in other core courses. The goal of the course is to help students learn design and how 3-D printing works, teach team building, idea generation and problem resolution.