3D Printing Innovation Project with AUEA UTC students:

’’The Sweetest Engineering 3D Printing Chocolate’’ – Aston University Engineering Academy (UTC) in collaboration with University College Birmingham (UCB) and partner Aston University.

AUEA UTC has been rated ‘’positive for enterprise education’’ in the final ofsted report, entitled ‘Getting ready for work’.

David Chapman, Vice Principal involved Avatar 3D, local manufacturing business and 3D printing subject expert to provide the vocational learning experience giving students the practical skills, theory and workplace understanding.

Manufacturing the Chocolate Extruder:

Parts for the chocolate extruder were designed using Autodesk Fusion 360 CAD design software ready for 3D printing, with some parts being manufactured using the laser cutter, lathe and milling machine, thus giving students an insight into both Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing processes : Play video to watch students showcasing their work, 3D printing in chocolate at parents open evening.


Dudley College of FE holding the STEM assured quality mark, developing a state of the art AR/VR suite combining with Avatar 3D printing.

 Head of Engineering/International department exposed the ‘’Ingenium’’ 3D printer offering short courses in ‘’Introduction to Additive Manufacturing/Reverse Engineering’’ to students, local businesses and to International companies worldwide: Play video to view students/businesses engaging learning experience.


Dudley and Walsall College International Students

Higher Education students studying a HNC Diploma in Business at Walsall College were given an insight into the technicalities and practical applications of 3D printing, including the differences between Additive / Subtractive Manufacturing and Innovation by Executive Director Revathi Timms who also gave the students an overview of her entrepreneurial journey. 









Anne Wylie, Course Leader for the HNC commented “It is essential that students are exposed to current developments and disruptive innovations within the business world to ensure that they are work-ready upon completion of their studies. During the course, there is a strong emphasis on the development of transferrable employability skills to ensure that our students are fully equipped to meet the challenges of the business world”.

”It was a pleasure listening to the inspirational words of Revathi, who is a great role model for women in general and specifically within science and engineering, and having the opportunity to see how 3D printing can be used in such a wide range of sectors”.

“ Upon completion of their course students can progress to a TOP-up degree delivered at the college in partnership with local university, BCU”.


Avatar 3D supports with employability and digital skills, Sam Greenfield on the BBC Make it Digtal Traineeship Programme, co-ordinated by Creative Alliance :

 3D LifePrint


International Companies worldwide


Manufacturing Technology Centre Apprentices


Aston University Engineering Academy (University Technical Colleges)

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