Advanced Design for Additive Manufacturing Course

Producing unique and optimized designs is a key differentiator for additive manufacturing. Our experts can teach your organization how to best take advantage of DfAM through detailed instruction and hands-on exercises.

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Hands-on Exercises

Our DfAM courses offer truly comprehensive training, not just design theory.

Our DfAM courses impart thorough knowledge of how to optimize designs for additive manufacturing — saving your company time and money and setting it apart from the competition. Our instructors have extensive experience with advanced design methods and tools for AM. Their goal is to help you learn skills and new ways of thinking that you can apply immediately.

Who Should Invest in a DfAM Course?

These courses were created for designers, engineers, managers, and others interested in learning and practicing the best approaches to DfAM. CAD users will gain valuable hands-on experience, although CAD skills are not required to learn a great deal in the course.

Click here for the three-day course outline of a past course. We have received top scores from the many courses offered in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, South Africa, and the U.S.

Please note we also offer two-day courses, or half-day courses for managers. Each course is customized based on who is attending.

Topics Covered

Topics covered in this three-day course 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 the need for time-consuming and expensive support material.

Instruction and Hands-on Exercises

The course presents best practices and includes DfAM guidelines that have been created over many years. Included are design rules and guiding principles for most AM processes and materials, with an emphasis on building 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 complex parts and building them on industrial AM equipment.

Software Used

The course involves metal, polymer, and composite materials, and the creation of custom products. As example design tools, Inspire from Altair/solidThinking, Magics from Materialise, and nTopology are used as best-in-class products. All course participants are given access to this software.

What Participants Had to Say

“I really enjoyed the practical aspects of the course, doing the design exercises, and working in Magics. I like the discussion of next-gen design topics like latticing and topology optimization. Thank you for offering the course!” —Stryker

“The course included a lot of very useful information that we could use to help improve our processes. Learning about how metal printers work will be especially useful for when we get ours. You guys were great.” —L3Harris

“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.” —NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

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