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Additive manufacturing (3D printing): Fundamentals

Gain knowledge of the benefits and applications of Additive Manufacturing (AM) and understand the range of AM processes and their characteristics.

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Gain knowledge of the benefits and applications of Additive Manufacturing (AM) and understand the range of AM processes and their characteristics.

Learn about the properties of materials, the manufacturing methods available and even create your own 3D printable design.

During this course, you will gain knowledge of the principles, benefits and applications of Additive Manufacturing (AM) and understand the range of AM processes. Learn about traditional manufacturing methods and be able to recognise the various approaches to design for AM.

The course will also take you through the steps required to design your own 3D printed part using an easy to follow example and finally to watching the design ‘come to life’ on a 3D printer.

Case studies from leading industry innovators will be presented demonstrating the design thinking required to utilise and adapt additive manufacturing in an industrial setting.

I was impressed with the trainer's style and methods of presentation and the progression from zero to a test exercise in just 1.5 hours! The 2-way exchange with the attendees was very much appreciated.

Robin Wilson, Mechanical Engineering Consultant 

Delivery format:

This course will be delivered as two virtual classes (VCs) of 90 minutes each

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in Additive Manufacturing and the 3D industry and how it can benefit their business including hobbyists, product designers, engineers and managers. No prior knowledge of Additive Manufacturing or CAD design is required.

How will I benefit?

  • Gain knowledge of properties of materials and traditional manufacturing methods
  • Learn about the processes and technologies involved in additive manufacturing
  • Discover how to get started designing and printing your own parts
  • Combine these skills to gain a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the additive manufacturing process and utilise them to improve your own product designs at home and in the workplace
Contributes 3 CPD hours

Key topics

  • Product design process
  • Properties of materials
  • Traditional manufacturing methods
  • Advantages and limitations of Additive Manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing processes and technologies
  • Materials for 3D printing
  • Design thinking for additive manufacturing
  • Industry case studies

Mapped against UK- SPEC competencies: A and B

  1. Knowledge and understanding - For Chartered Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to optimize the application of existing and emerging technology’ For Incorporated Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist mechanical engineering knowledge and understanding to apply existing and emerging technology’
  2. Design and development of processes, systems, services and products - For Chartered Engineers: ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of mechanical engineering problems’ For Incorporated Engineers ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct commission, operate, maintain, decommission and re-cycle mechanical engineering processes, systems, services and products’

Meet our trainers

These trainers regularly teach Additive manufacturing (3D printing): Fundamentals.

  • Matthew Laskaj

    Matthew Laskaj

    Matthew is the Chair for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Scottish Region and director of a successful engineering and training consultancy. With more than 25 years experience in a variety of countries worldwide, he has worked in a range of industries including manufacturing, food and beverage, refining, offshore oil and gas and renewable energy.

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  • Duration:
    3 hours
  • Location:
    Virtual classroom
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  • UK-Spec:
    A, B

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04 Sep 2024 09:00 - 09 Sep 2024 10:00 4 & 9 September 2024 (13:00-16:15 BST)

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