Innovative Curriculum for Industrial Automation


In collaboration with Texas A&M University – College Station, Alamo Colleges, Tarrant County Community College, and the National Science Foundation (NSF), Richland College offers the Innovative Curriculum for Industrial Automation.

This project is supporting and creating innovative curriculum, lab exercises and pathways to increase the number of qualified technicians and engineers in the areas of operation, troubleshooting, design and integration of automated manufacturing systems (industrial automation). The curriculum pathways include a series of courses, lab exercises (hands-on, remote and virtual formats) and learning experiences that equip students for a successful career in automated systems and industrial automation. Innovative instructional technologies including intelligent tutoring systems, simulation, animation, and games will be utilized to make industrial automation education more accessible and interesting.

Steps for Equipment Use

3D Printer Station

3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process to make three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.

3D printing is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing which is cutting out / hollowing out a piece of metal or plastic with a milling machine for example. 3D printing enables you to produce complex (functional) shapes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods.

Injection Molding Station

Injection molding is a manufacturing process for producing parts by injecting material into a mold. Injection molding can be performed with a host of materials mainly including metals, glasses, elastomers, confections, and most commonly thermoplastic and thermoset polymers. Material for the part is fed into a heated barrel, mixed, and forced into a mold cavity, where it cools and hardens to the configuration of the cavity.

Injection molding is used to create many things such as cups, containers, tools, mechanical parts (including gears). Injection molding is the most common modern method of manufacturing parts. It is ideal for producing high volumes of the same object.

Steps for Equipment Use

The system will only accept STL files. Please do not send any other file types. Please note that you will only be allowed one print submission per calendar day. Any additional submissions will be declined. Please save the file in the following format for ease of identification: ⟨name.filename.stl⟩.

  1. Attach and email completed work (.stl) to
  2. Go to and enter the following username: ''. In the password field, enter 'Remote123', then click the login button.
  3. Select computer and click 'connect'. This will bring up a dialog box. In order to connect, use the 'Web client' option. This will connect you to a remote Windows desktop.
  4. Once connected to the remote computer, browse to desktop/Projects.
  5. Open your file and click 'Print' in the bottom right. This will send your job to the printer where it will wait for a lab assistant to clear the printer and start your job. Once this process is done, watch for your part to begin printing.
  6. Access live YouTube stream here:
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