HONORS 391A – Adventures in 3D Printing

Course Description:

3D printing is often referred to as the “next industrial revolution”. While the idea of printing your own consumer goods on-demand is certainly exciting, there are many questions that relate to this technology: ownership & copyright, accessibility, technical issues, cost. This seminar will evaluate this technology from the perspectives of students with varied backgrounds. Students also have an opportunity to learn 3D modeling and make their own 3D prints.

General Course Description:

In 391A Honors Seminar 2: Topics, students participate in a topical seminar-style course designed by the instructor. Every section is open to students of any major. Advanced knowledge of the topic is not necessary.

Honors Seminar Web Address:

Topics Covered:

  • The world of 3D printing
  • Let’s print: 3D modeling options
  • Let’s print: 3D printing technologies
  • The rise of 3D printing
  • Replicating Ourselves: 3D Scanning + 3D Printing
  • The Economics of 3D Printing
  • 3D Printing and The Law
  • The Ethics of 3D Printing

Required Text:

This course has no required text. All readings will be announced on the Moodle site.

Optional Reading:


Alexander C. Schreyer
M.A.Sc., Dipl.-Ing.

Office: Holdsworth Hall, Room 126
Office hours:
Phone: +1 (413) 545-1976

Assignments and Grading:

50 % of your grade for Honors 391A will be determined by:

  • A research-based and documented paper, project, or other work as defined by the instructor.

30 % of your grade will be based on:

  • An oral presentation or demonstration of the aforementioned project.

20 % of your grade will be determined by your preparedness and participation in course discussions and activities including:

  • speaking up in full-group discussions;
  • taking the lead in small-group activities;
  • providing helpful follow-up questions to presenters;
  • eliciting comments from other classmates; and
  • contributing to the learning of your fellow students.

Attendance Policy:

Absentee Policy and Extenuating circumstances (illness, death in the family, etc.) for which students must miss a class meeting.
While attendance is crucial to participation in the Honors Seminar 2: Topics and therefore a significant factor in calculating your final grade in this course, extenuating circumstances may require you to miss a class meeting. Whether an absence is “excused” or counted in calculating participation grades is largely at the discretion of the instructor. Any student absent—whether the absence is “excused” or not—should contact the instructor as soon as possible to discuss assignments missed, class discussion, etc.
Student athletes, members of the band, and on occasion, students who are members of other groups will be allowed to miss class for games and other special events and make up work will be assigned.
(See for University attendance policies and religious holidays.)

Exam Conflicts:

University policy on exams scheduled at the same time a student’s Honors Seminar class meets.
According to Faculty Senate Document 06-042, certain one-day-a-week courses, including Honors 391A, have priority over evening exams on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Evening exams (7-9 p.m.) have priority over all courses on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings.
Exams scheduled for 6 p.m. or earlier do not have priority over Honors 391A. If you have an exam scheduled during this class, you must be given the chance to make it up by the professor of the other course. If you miss a class because of an exam that has priority over this class (extremely rare), you will be given the chance to make up any work you have missed.

Plagiarism Policy:

Documenting the Writing, Speaking, and Thinking of Others.
In all your writing, and in oral presentations too, it is essential that you acknowledge the ideas of others upon whom your own thinking depends, including ideas obtained from such non-written sources as lectures, interviews, class discussions, and even casual conversations with colleagues and friends. Give credit for ideas that are not your own as well as for passages of text that you summarize, paraphrase, or quote.
If material possessions are the property of our community at large, thoughts and ideas—expressed in speech or writing—constitute the “intellectual property” of our academic community. To take another’s words or ideas and present them as your own is to commit plagiarism, an act of academic theft, and the punishments can be severe (cf. University of Massachusetts Amherst Academic Regulations, “Academic Honesty”).

UMass’s Academic Honesty Policy:

Since the integrity of the academic enterprise of any institution of higher education requires honesty in scholarship and research, academic honesty is required of all students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Academic dishonesty is prohibited in all programs of the University. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and facilitating dishonesty. Appropriate sanctions may be imposed on any student who has committed an act of academic dishonesty.

Class Meetings & Work Schedule:

See the main Moodle site for the semester layout and an overview of assignments.