Design for Additive Manufacturing Course

You are invited to attend a special three-day course on design for additive manufacturing (DfAM). Note that "additive manufacturing" is more popularly known as 3D printing. Topics covered include consolidating many parts into one, topology optimization, and lattice/mesh structures. The course includes considerations for metal, polymer, and composite materials, the creation of custom parts, and reducing expensive support material. Presentations and hands-on exercises cover these and many other topics.

The course presents best practices and includes a DfAM guidelines document that has been created over the years. It includes design rules and guiding principles for most AM processes and materials, with an emphasis on building high-quality, functional parts. Examples include minimum wall thicknesses, smallest diameters for pins and holes, the building of screw threads, clearances for moving parts, and overhanging features. Participants will gain valuable hands-on experience by designing real parts and building them on industrial AM equipment.

Participants experienced with CAD can use any design software for the course. CAD familiarity is not mandatory. One of several group exercises includes the 3D scanning of a person’s anatomy (e.g., face or hand), which is then used to 3D print a personalized product. A panel of DfAM experts will answer detailed questions and provide additional information and perspective.

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for the three-day course outline. Our past four courses received an average score of 4.7 from the participants, on a scale of one to five, with five being the best. Our most recent score was 4.9 from a course in Montreal.

Benefits of DfAM

The images show a hydraulic manifold for Atlas Copco mining equipment. The version on the left is a conventionally machined manifold with 12 nozzles that must be installed. The one at the right was redesigned for and produced by additive manufacturing. The AM version reduced weight by 91% and consolidated 13 parts into one, resulting in lower assembly cost, less weight and scrap, and the elimination of potential leakage points. Learn how to design these and many other types of parts in this special DfAM course. Register now!


Olaf Diegel

Special guest speaker and world-renowned DfAM expert

Terry Wohlers

Principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates

Ray Huff

Research associate at Wohlers Associates


Olaf Diegel

Lead instructor and world-renowned DfAM expert

Terry Wohlers

Principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates

Ray Huff

Research associate at Wohlers Associates

Registration fee:
August 8-10, 2018
Frisco, Colorado

Includes special hand-outs, 39 pages of DfAM guidelines, Wohlers Report 2018, lunches, refreshments, 3D-printed gift, and breath-taking views of the Rocky Mountains. Limited to the first 25 registrations. Register now!

When: August 8-10, 2018

Where: Frisco, Colorado

Registration fee: $2,995Sign up here.

Course includes three-day course, lunch each day of the event, morning and afternoon refreshments, and breath-taking views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Please bring a laptop computer. If you have CAD experience, be sure your favorite CAD software is installed and working.

You will...

  • Become familiar with DfAM guidelines and best practices
  • Design, redesign, and optimize products
  • Use your favorite design software (if you are a CAD user)
  • Gain experience with best-in-class DfAM software such as Inspire from solidThinking and the lattice-structure capabilities in Magics from Materialise

Who should attend...

  • The DfAM course is targeted at designers, engineers, and managers wanting to learn how to design parts that fully benefit from additive manufacturing. It is ideal for those involved in aerospace, medical, motor sports, energy/power, industrial machinery, automotive, and consumer products.

Read what NASA participants had to say about this course

"I would definitely recommend this course to colleagues and hope it is made available in the future."

"The most useful was to learn when to use, and not use, additive manufacturing. The software on topology optimization and generating lattice/mesh structures was great."

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Denver International Airport (DEN): Rent a car, take an Uber or Lyft, or consider a private service. Estimated travel time: 1.5 hours. Or, hop on a shuttle from the airport to Frisco:

You can also fly into Eagle Regional Airport (EGE), which is a one-hour drive to Frisco.


After arriving, you do not need a car. Restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, etc. are within a two-minute walk from the following three hotels (and a 10-minute walk to the DfAM course). A free shuttle bus to the course and other locations is also available.

About Frisco and surrounding Rocky Mountains

Frisco has been repeatedly voted as the most popular Rocky Mountain destination without a ski resort. Small, quaint, but bustling with activity, Frisco is the ideal location to Design at Elevation with Wohlers Associates. The following are some local activities. Bring your family, stay the weekend, and experience all that the Rocky Mountains have to offer.

Email Ray Huff with questions or call 970-225-0086. Register now!

Photo courtesy of Town of Frisco

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