3D Printing Summer School

3D Printing is about to revolve the way we design and make products. Therefore it is essential for those technically interested in this field to understand the capability, the challenges and the drawbacks of this technology. While this technology marks a hype even in private areas like journals and television it is barely taught in engineering education.

Our summer school provides a comprehensive, theoretical approach to 3D technology combined with hands-on experience.

After one week of delving into the 3D printing topic, you will be able to

  • build your own 3D printer
  • start printing your own portfolio and prototypes,
  • know how to handle the data-chain for printer operation,
  • understand the special challenges of different model types, and
  • obtain reproducible parts.

Our summer school is presented in a relaxed atmosphere where the instructors

  • are always available to answer questions
  • motivate participants to get involved
  • give feedback
  • make sure that’s there is also fun and action.

The students are welcome to bring along a project of their own to be solved during the summer school.

After having completed your 3D Printing Summer School, you will receive a FH Aachen Certificate in 3D Printing.

Materialize your own ideas - if you can image it - you can print it!

Next 3D Printing Summer School: 13th - 18th August, 2018

The next 3D Printing Summer School takes place from:

13th - 18th August, 2018

and is located at:

FH Aachen – University of Applied Sciences
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics
GoetheLab for Additive Manufacturing
Goethestr. 1 in 52064 Aachen, Germany

The course is taught in English.

Please refer also the DAAD homepage (German Academic Exchange Service):


Our program for 2018 has not been finalized yet. If you want to see our program content in 2017, please refer to our 3D Printing Summer School 2017 flyer for download or print-out.

Here is our preliminary 3D Printing Summer School program for 2018:

Monday - 13th August 2018:

  • Registration
  • Fabber-Show
  • Workshop
  • Barbecue

Tuesday - 14th August 2018:

  • Tutorial: Additive Manufacturing
  • Workshop: Build your own printer

Wednesday - 15th August 2018:

  • Tutorial: Firm and host ware
  • Workshop: Pimp your printer

Thursday - 16th August 2018:

  • Tutorial: AM-Design and CAD
  • Workshop: Print your own Design

Friday - 17th August 2018:

  • Trip to Belgium

Saturday - 18th August 2018:

  • Free hacking and printing
  • Final competition
  • Barbecue


Required Skills:
Applicants must have a basic knowledge of manufacturing techniques and at least one CAD-Modelling Language such as Autodesk Inventor or NX.

Language Skills:
Participants should have a good proficiency in English as the 3D Printing Summer School is held completely in English.

Letter of Recommendation  + Transcript of Records:
We ask students (being registered as regular students at a university) for copies of transcripts of their records and/or diplomas.
We ask employees for a letter of recommendation (report) written in English or German by their employer (company or institution) providing information on the applicant's academic qualifications, personal traits and abilities.
Please send the required documents to 3dprinting(at)fh-aachen.de within 14 days after registration. Upon receipt and examination of your documents you will receive a confirmation of participation (via email).
Upon receipt of the confirmation of participation, payment is due within 14 days. For more information about payment, please refer to section Registration Fee and Other Costs below.

The Aachen University of Applied Sciences (FH Aachen) requires that the 3D Printing Summer School participants have appropriate and valid medical, liability and accident insurance for the duration of the 3D Printing Summer School. Please note that the FH Aachen does not cover any of these risks.

German data privacy law/Internet & Social Media:

According to German data privacy laws, you must agree to the following statement before we can post your picture, even in a group photo, on the internet.
“I agree that my picture can be published by FH Aachen on the following web page: http://www.fh-aachen.de/fachbereiche/maschinenbau-und-mechatronik/

“I agree that my picture can be published by FH Aachen on the following Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/FH-Aachen-Fachbereich-Maschinenbau-und-Mechatronik/189305797902868

Registration Fee and Other Costs

Registration Fee

The 3D Printing Summer School registration fee is 550 Euro and includes beverages during the course at the FH Aachen and the social program (excursions included). Accommodation and catering costs are not included in the registration fee, please refer to the section Accommodation and Food for more information.

Please note that your application is only valid after payment is received within 14 days after receipt of confirmation of participation. We will send you the confirmation of participation (via email) only if we have received your documents (see section Requirements above) that you should submit to 3dprinting(at)fh-aachen.de within 14 days after registration.

Please transfer the registration fee to:

Transfer beneficiary: FH Aachen - UAS
Bank: Sparkasse Aachen
Bank Address: Muensterplatz 7-9, D-52062 Aachen
Bank Code: 390 500 00
IBAN: DE 18 3905 0000 0000 0207 27
Swift/Bic Code: AACSDE33
Specification: 3DPSS + your name

If after registering you are unable to attend the summer school, or if you cancel your registration,  you may request a refund of your registration fee. You need to send us a written request via email.
Please be aware that payment can be made by bank transfer only. All payments are in EURO. For any bank transfer made from outside the Euro zone, please be aware of bank service charges. All bank charges for remittances are to be borne by the participant!

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation and catering costs are not included in the participation fee. The registration fee includes only beverages during the course at the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences.

We can assist with housing. Please specify the type of room you wish in the application form. We offer you 3 accommodation options:

  • 1. Option: Single room in a student dormitory
    If you wish that we book a room for you in a student dorm*, please specify so in the application form. Costs for the complete period of stay: 350 Euro.
  • 2. Option: Room in a shared apartment (hostel)
    If you chose this option you will share an apartment in a hostel with 3 or 4 other participants of the 3D Printing Summer School. You then will have a shared kitchen and bathroom. Costs for the complete period of stay: 300 Euro. In case you wish to apply for this option, please specify correspondingly in the application form.
  • 3. Option: Room in a hotel
    If you wish that we book for you a room in a hotel, please tell us to do so in the application form. Depending on the hotel, the costs alter between ca. 80 Euro and 100 Euro per night. Please be aware that in this case, you will receive a confirmation of the hotel and while checkout on departure day you pay the hotel bill.

For the payment, please note that the respective costs for accommodation have to be added to the registration fee of 550 Euro. Therefore, please specify in the money transfer form:
3DPSS + your name + room option (either student dorm or shared apartment)

Please note that we have a contingent of rooms at our disposal in different student dormitories, which are spread all over the city. Furthermore, the Aachen University of Applied Sciences does not provide bedclothes, pillows and blankets nor dishes or tableware.

Application Form (no further registrations)

We are very sorry, registrations for the upcoming 3D Printing Summer School are no longer possible.
Therefore, the registration form has been removed from this page on 27th June, 2017.

We kindly ask you to understand that we do not accept any further registrations, because the class is already full. We offer, however, a waiting list for potential participants in case an already registered member withdraws application. If you want to add your name to the waiting list, please write to 3dprinting(at)fh-aachen.de to let us know.

Fabber Impressions

Students of the ROS Summer School in 2013

3D Printing Summer Schools - A look back

Contact the Organizers

If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us: