Additive Manufacturing

Many companies are starting to recognize the benefits additive manufacturing (AM) offers in terms of speed, simplicity, reliability, and cost. Additive manufacturing is a process in which a three-dimensional computer model design is built into a physical object by joining thin layers of material. AM is a versatile field that encompasses a variety of methods, materials, and applications.

These classes explain the fundamental concepts of additive manufacturing, including the main principles behind AM and the safety precautions to take during the process. These courses also introduce the basic steps in additive manufacturing and discuss the variety of methods and materials that are used to create AM products.


Class Functional Area Format Difficulty Department
12
Classes 1 to 10 of 15
Introduction to Additive Manufacturing 111

Introduction to Additive Manufacturing provides an overview of additive manufacturing (AM), including its history, advantages, disadvantages, basic steps, methods, and materials. Additive manufacturing is a rapidly growing industry that allows for rapid prototyping and the creation of more complex and ...

Related 1.0 Class:
Intro to Additive Manufacturing 110
Industry 4.0 Online Beginner Additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing Safety 121

Additive Manufacturing Safety describes the various safety hazards involved in additive manufacturing (AM) and the precautions operators should follow to protect themselves. AM methods and processes involve the use of moving and hot components, hazardous materials, and devices that produce ...

Related 1.0 Class:
Additive Manufacturing Safety 120
Industry 4.0 Online Beginner Additive Manufacturing
The Basic Additive Manufacturing Process 131

The Basic Additive Manufacturing Process discusses the general steps involved in most additive manufacturing (AM) procedures. Important steps include creating 3D computer models, converting those models to AM compatible file formats, setting up and running an AM machine, and part ...

Related 1.0 Class:
The Basic Additive Manufacturing Process 130
Industry 4.0 Online Beginner Additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing Methods and Materials 141

Additive Manufacturing Methods and Materials provides a comprehensive introduction to the methods and materials that can be used in additive manufacturing (AM). Additive manufacturing encompasses a wide range of methods and processes that are constantly evolving as manufacturers continue to ...

Related 1.0 Class:
Additive Manufacturing Methods and Materials 140
Industry 4.0 Online Beginner Additive Manufacturing
Introduction to Hybrid Manufacturing 151

Introduction to Hybrid Manufacturing 151 covers the basics of hybrid additive manufacturing (AM) applications. Hybrid AM combines the benefits of subtractive and additive manufacturing (AM) methods in a single digital workflow. Subtractive manufacturing, including machining and related processes, removes material ...

Industry 4.0 Online Beginner Additive Manufacturing
Rapid Prototyping 161

Rapid Prototyping 161 provides an overview of the process, materials, and applications of rapid prototyping in additive manufacturing. Rapid prototyping uses various additive manufacturing strategies to test, analyze, and refine a part prototype before putting it into full production. As ...

Industry 4.0 Online Beginner Additive Manufacturing
Design for Additive Manufacturing 201

Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) discusses how to conceptualize and create a part design for an additive manufacturing (AM) process. DFAM provides engineers with an incredible degree of freedom. AM processes are capable of creating prototypes or parts with increased ...

Industry 4.0 Online Intermediate Additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing Materials Science 211

Additive Manufacturing Materials Science provides a comprehensive overview of the materials that can be used with additive manufacturing (AM) processes. AM materials include a variety of polymers, metals, composites, and ceramics. Each material is distinguished from another material by microstructure, ...

Industry 4.0 Online Intermediate Additive Manufacturing
Integrating Additive Manufacturing with Traditional Manufacturing 221

Integrating Additive Manufacturing with Traditional Manufacturing discusses the factors manufacturers should consider when adding an additive manufacturing (AM) component to a traditional manufacturing operation, including cost, logistics, and best uses of AM with traditional manufacturing, among other concerns. Originally used ...

Industry 4.0 Online Intermediate Additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing as a Secondary Process 231

Additive Manufacturing as a Secondary Process provides a comprehensive overview of the way in which manufacturers can use additive manufacturing (AM) as a secondary, or indirect, process. AM methods can make a variety of tooling, such as molds and patterns, ...

Industry 4.0 Online Intermediate Additive Manufacturing
FormatFunctional AreaDepartment IDDepartmentClass IDClass NameDescriptionDifficultyLanguageRelated Classes
OnlineIndustry 4.0510Additive Manufacturing510010 Introduction to Additive Manufacturing 111 Introduction to Additive Manufacturing provides an overview of additive manufacturing (AM), including its history, advantages, disadvantages, basic steps, methods, and materials. Additive manufacturing is a rapidly growing industry that allows for rapid prototyping and the creation of more complex and functional parts, including end-use parts and traditional manufacturing tooling. AM encompasses a variety of build methods, such as material jetting and material extrusion.An understanding of the AM basics is useful for anyone working in the manufacturing industry. AM methods often streamline manufacturing processes and improve products and profitability. After completing this class, users will have gained important foundational AM knowledge, including the different AM methods and processes, the uses of AM, and the potential for future AM industrial growth.BeginnerEnglish(510110) Intro to Additive Manufacturing 110
OnlineIndustry 4.0510Additive Manufacturing510020 Additive Manufacturing Safety 121 Additive Manufacturing Safety describes the various safety hazards involved in additive manufacturing (AM) and the precautions operators should follow to protect themselves. AM methods and processes involve the use of moving and hot components, hazardous materials, and devices that produce radiation. Operators must be aware of these hazards as well as the safety protocols used to reduce them. For example, all AM materials have specific handling guidelines, including the required personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilation for that material.Though many AM safety protocols will be familiar to anyone who has worked in a manufacturing environment, there are also hazards unique to AM. Knowing these hazards and safety precautions will help ensure that an AM operation runs smoothly, efficiently, and safely. After taking this class, users will be able to identify AM hazards, understand common safety standards, and safely operate AM equipment.BeginnerEnglish(510120) Additive Manufacturing Safety 120
OnlineIndustry 4.0510Additive Manufacturing510030 The Basic Additive Manufacturing Process 131 The Basic Additive Manufacturing Process discusses the general steps involved in most additive manufacturing (AM) procedures. Important steps include creating 3D computer models, converting those models to AM compatible file formats, setting up and running an AM machine, and part removal and post-processing. The manufacturing industry is progressively finding AM to be an important resource in rapid prototyping and creating end-use parts. Thus, it is increasingly important that engineers and operators understand AM technology and its basic process.Understanding the basic AM process will help engineers and operators more easily learn a specific AM operation's unique considerations and procedures. A basic understanding of AM can also help assess AM's value within a manufacturing operation. After taking this class, users will understand the standard steps involved in any AM process.BeginnerEnglish(510130) The Basic Additive Manufacturing Process 130
OnlineIndustry 4.0510Additive Manufacturing510040 Additive Manufacturing Methods and Materials 141 Additive Manufacturing Methods and Materials provides a comprehensive introduction to the methods and materials that can be used in additive manufacturing (AM). Additive manufacturing encompasses a wide range of methods and processes that are constantly evolving as manufacturers continue to make new developments. AM methods include material extrusion, directed energy deposition (DED), material jetting, binder jetting, powder bed fusion (PBF), vat photopolymerization, and sheet lamination. Different AM methods require different materials, and each method provides specific advantages and disadvantages.Understanding each AM method's basic principles, advantages, and disadvantages is essential to ensuring an AM part build's success. After completing this class, users will be able to distinguish between the different AM methods and choose the best AM method for a particular application.BeginnerEnglish(510140) Additive Manufacturing Methods and Materials 140
OnlineIndustry 4.0510Additive Manufacturing510050 Introduction to Hybrid Manufacturing 151 Introduction to Hybrid Manufacturing 151 covers the basics of hybrid additive manufacturing (AM) applications. Hybrid AM combines the benefits of subtractive and additive manufacturing (AM) methods in a single digital workflow. Subtractive manufacturing, including machining and related processes, removes material from a workpiece to make complete parts with superior accuracy and surface quality. AM builds complete or partially complete parts by creating or fusing layers of raw material, which allows highly complex part geometry. Hybrid AM can be applied using separate, networked machines, but all-in-one hybrid AM machines can produce parts that are impossible to build using separate machines.After taking this course, users will be familiar with the types of additive and subtractive manufacturing methods commonly used in hybrid AM applications. Users will also understand potential benefits of producing parts using hybrid AM, particularly with all-in-one hybrid machine.BeginnerEnglish
OnlineIndustry 4.0510Additive Manufacturing510060 Rapid Prototyping 161 Rapid Prototyping 161 provides an overview of the process, materials, and applications of rapid prototyping in additive manufacturing. Rapid prototyping uses various additive manufacturing strategies to test, analyze, and refine a part prototype before putting it into full production. As the prototype develops, additive manufacturing strategies can help reduce costs without affecting part quality.After taking this class, users will be able to define what additive manufacturing is and describe how it functions and is deployed with prototyping. Additionally, users will better understand the advantages and usefulness of rapid prototyping and appreciate the design and development steps needed to create a prototype with additive manufacturing.BeginnerEnglish
OnlineIndustry 4.0510Additive Manufacturing510150 Design for Additive Manufacturing 201 Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) discusses how to conceptualize and create a part design for an additive manufacturing (AM) process. DFAM provides engineers with an incredible degree of freedom. AM processes are capable of creating prototypes or parts with increased complexity, functionality, and integration. AM also allows for other unique manufacturing opportunities, such as mass customization.Though there are some design limitations with DFAM, such as part size and material choice, the process is mainly characterized by the opportunities it provides engineers. After taking this course, users will understand key DFAM concepts, such as functional complexity and hierarchical complexity, the basics of AM production processes, and how DFAM concepts related to basic AM production.IntermediateEnglish
OnlineIndustry 4.0510Additive Manufacturing510160 Additive Manufacturing Materials Science 211 Additive Manufacturing Materials Science provides a comprehensive overview of the materials that can be used with additive manufacturing (AM) processes. AM materials include a variety of polymers, metals, composites, and ceramics. Each material is distinguished from another material by microstructure, mechanical and physical properties, and life cycle. Different AM processes require the use of different AM materials. Therefore, an individual must understand materials’ science to ensure proper material selection.Understanding the materials that are compatible with additive manufacturing processes is an essential part of AM process success. After completing this class, users will not only be able to distinguish between thermoplastic and thermoset polymers, ferrous metals and nonferrous alloys, and ceramic and composite materials, but users will also be able to determine which material type is most appropriate for use with a specific AM process.IntermediateEnglish
OnlineIndustry 4.0510Additive Manufacturing510170 Integrating Additive Manufacturing with Traditional Manufacturing 221 Integrating Additive Manufacturing with Traditional Manufacturing discusses the factors manufacturers should consider when adding an additive manufacturing (AM) component to a traditional manufacturing operation, including cost, logistics, and best uses of AM with traditional manufacturing, among other concerns. Originally used for prototyping, AM has increasingly found more roles in traditional manufacturing processes, such as creating tooling or end-use parts. However, because the procedures and tools are so different, combining the two kinds of manufacturing requires considerable adjustments.Logistical concerns of integrating AM with traditional manufacturing include purchasing the correct machines and updating safety protocols. Design concerns involve upskilling engineers so that they can take full advantage of AM capabilities. After taking this course, users will understand how to take full advantage of AM as a tool to augment a traditional manufacturing operation.IntermediateEnglish
OnlineIndustry 4.0510Additive Manufacturing510180 Additive Manufacturing as a Secondary Process 231 Additive Manufacturing as a Secondary Process provides a comprehensive overview of the way in which manufacturers can use additive manufacturing (AM) as a secondary, or indirect, process. AM methods can make a variety of tooling, such as molds and patterns, for use in several different casting, forming, and molding processes. Using AM as a secondary process benefits traditional manufacturing processes by reducing costs associated with lead time, tooling, and labor. An individual must understand the different advantages and disadvantages associated with AM as a secondary process prior to determining whether or not to utilize it.Knowledge about AM secondary processes and their benefits is important in order to understand the full impact that AM has upon traditional manufacturing. After completing this class, users will be able to identify the traditional manufacturing areas that benefit from using AM as a secondary process and the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.IntermediateEnglish
OnlineIndustry 4.0510Additive Manufacturing510190 Nondestructive Testing for Additive Manufacturing 241 Nondestructive Testing for Additive Manufacturing provides an overview of the most common nondestructive testing (NDT) methods used in additive manufacturing (AM). Unlike destructive testing, NDT inspects parts without affecting their future usability. As a result, it is frequently more practical for inspecting AM parts, which are often produced in small-batch runs. However, the complex geometries, integrated features, and rough surface finishes of most AM parts can complicate NDT methods.No one NDT method can find every flaw in every AM part. Due to the variety of processes and materials, each AM method produces parts that must be inspected using different NDT methods. Manufacturers must have a proper understanding of the most appropriate NDT methods for AM part inspection to ensure they are used both effectively and reliably. After taking this class, users will be able to describe the most common NDT methods used in AM as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.IntermediateEnglish
OnlineIndustry 4.0510Additive Manufacturing510145 The Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain 251 The Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain provides an overview of significant ways traditional supply chain management differs with the use of additive manufacturing. A typical supply chain in traditional manufacturing begins with the procurement of raw materials, then moves on to production and assembly, centralized storage of finished goods, and finally, distribution to the consumer. Additive manufacturing, which turns digital three-dimensional models into physical objects by building them up in layers, has the potential to combine production and assembly into fewer steps, to minimize storage needs, and to be more responsive to customer needs.Additive manufacturing increases supply chain responsiveness and competitiveness, but it also presents unique concerns, particularly with regards to materials procurement and storage. After completing this course, users will have a better awareness of both the advantages and the challenges of the additive manufacturing supply chain.IntermediateEnglish
OnlineIndustry 4.0510Additive Manufacturing510147 Managing the Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain 252 Managing the Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain 252 provides an overview of significant ways traditional supply chain management differs with the use of additive manufacturing. The course introduces concepts of digital thread, digital twin, serialization, and blockchain technologies and explores how these methods may be used to effectively manage additive manufacturing supply chains. After completing this course, users will have a better awareness of how serialization and blockchain can increase traceability, guard against counterfeits, and lead to greater security in the additive manufacturing supply chain.IntermediateEnglish
Instructor-LedIndustry 4.0510Additive Manufacturing918116 Overview of Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Technologies Additive manufacturing, or commonly referred to as 3D Printing, is a manufacturing process that supports all aspects of the product development cycle; from prototype to end-use production parts. It reduces your time to market, improves product quality, enhances collaboration and streamlines parts integration. In this multi-level program, you will learn about the current technologies, how they work, and how best to use them to improve your operations. English
Instructor-LedIndustry 4.0510Additive Manufacturing918117 Additive Manufacturing – Implementation and Best Practices Participants receive comprehensive introductory knowledge of the 3D printing industry. Covering terms and definitions, software and hardware, as well as discussing applications and case studies, students will begin to understand the benefits of 3D printing in a way that is relevant to their business needs. English