3D Printing Specialist

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Currently Employed in Scotland

What is a 3D Printing Specialist

You could work with 3D machines that can physically print objects with almost limitless potential to improve them.

Test printing equipment, develop new software and work with manufacturers to create state-of-the-art prototypes and concepts.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Review and test printing equipment.
  • Maintain and repair 3D printers.
  • Generate new printing ideas.

Getting in and Qualifications


The road to becoming a 3D Engineering Specialist is made up of different options.

Useful subjects:

  • Computer Science
  • Industrial Design
  • Civil Engineering  
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Science

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to ensure you have the correct information.


You could do an apprenticeship in engineering, study for a degree in mechanical engineering or gain practical work experience.

Technical knowledge is a desirable trait for many 3D Printing Specialists.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in Software Development (SCQF level 6) or in Engineering could be useful starting points.

A relevant Engineering Modern Apprenticeship is a potential route into the role.

Find out more about apprenticeships in Scotland.

Although 3D printing is a relatively new industry, there are specialist subjects to learn. Choose to study for a bachelor’s degree in mechatronics or for a Masters in 3D Bioprinting.