Earn a Rapid Prototyping and Design Certificate

Rapid prototyping manufacturing (RPM) is an emerging field that uses existing and cutting-edge technologies to construct physical 3D objects. Used mainly in high-end product design, rapid prototyping can shorten product development cycle times and lead to more efficient and effective processes.

RPM is often associated with additive manufacturing, CNC machining and injection molding. Our certificate program meets the critical training needs of RPM and solid modeling. Students design models with SolidWorks and then create the models with 3D printers and scanners, CNC machines and casting equipment.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Architectural and Civil Drafters

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Commercial and Industrial Designers

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Collaborative Center for Emerging Technologies

SPC's SolidWorks Design Center was the first of its kind in Florida developed through the collaborative efforts of local industry and makes use of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment, 3-D scanners and 3-D printers. This center is located in our Collaborative Center for Emerging Technologies, an open manufacturing factory work environment with state-of-the-art equipment so you learn the latest skills needed in emerging technologies.

Rapid Prototyping and Design Certificate without Financial Aid Eligibility


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2021 (595)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2021 (595), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

Dr. Natavia Middleton

Program Summary

This certificate provides a program of study with courses in solid modeling, using SolidWorks. By completing this certificate, the students will provide the technical expertise for the engineering activities of industry in planning, designing, and detailing for Rapid Prototyping. This certificate utilizes the 3-D printers and CNC machines for the solid modeling design process and development of the final product. These courses are also applied to the 60-credit hour Associate in Science Degree in Engineering Technology. Students new to this field will be able to obtain employment by completing this certificate and work in those areas where Rapid Prototyping is used.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

0615130211: Rapid Prototyping Specialist

Federal CIP Code

15.0000: Engineering Technology, General.

Job Related Opportunities

  • CAD Designer
  • CAD Technician
  • Design Technician
  • Rapid Prototype designer

Graduation Rules

The student must complete the listed courses, required for the RAPID-CT certificate.


ETD 2364C Introduction to SolidWorks 3
ETD 2368C Advanced Solidworks 3
ETD 2369C SolidWorks Applications 3
ETD 2371C Rapid Protyping Model Design and Fabrication 3
ETD 2382C Solidworks Simulation Design Analysis 3
Total Credits 12


The Rapid Prototyping and Design Certificate is part of and transfer to SPC's Engineering Technology Associate of Science Degree.

Rapid Prototyping and Design Certificate