Additive/3D Printing

With SME’s decades at the helm of additive manufacturing and Tooling U-SME’s expertise in instructional design, we are a leader in offering high-quality training in design, safety, production, or any other additive manufacturing topic.

Training Solutions include:

  • Online Classes
  • Instructor-Led Training
  • Certifications
  • Turnkey Training
  • Learning Services

Whether training for an individual, a high school CTE program, a college class or certificate program, or a group of employees, Tooling U-SME provides a range of additive manufacturing training solutions to meet your specific needs. 

Online Classes

More than 500 classes representing dozens of categories and hundreds of topics are mapped to specific industry-validated competencies for every area, role, and function by our Tooling U-SME Competency Framework.

Online classes in additive include:


Intro to Additive Manufacturing 110
Additive Manufacturing Safety 120
The Basic Additive Manufacturing Process 130
Additive Manufacturing Methods and Materials 140
Design for Additive Manufacturing 201


Additive Manufacturing Materials Science 211
Integrating Additive Manufacturing with Traditional Manufacturing 221
Additive Manufacturing as a Secondary Process 231


Instructor-Led Training

Bring real-world knowledge and experience to your staff with Tooling U-SME Instructor-Led Training. Work with instructors who are knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate about teaching others. Our classes are competency-based, focused on teaching to the skill sets required by today’s manufacturing employers.

Our 80 years of manufacturing experience and work with thousands of organizations means we’ve been able to build a network of top-tier manufacturing educators. Our instructors offer a depth of industry knowledge that is matched only by their professional experience and their passion for the subject matter.

Instructor-Led Training for additive includes:

Overview of Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Technologies

Custom classes on additive topics. Contact us for the specific additive training needs.



The Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals Certification and Additive Manufacturing Technician Certification are stackable, creating a flexible, modular pathway for mastering the principles and processes of additive manufacturing.

The certifications align to the Additive Manufacturing Body of Knowledge compiled by Tooling U-SME, America Makes, the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC), and Technician Education in Additive Manufacturing & Materials (TEAMM), with input from more than 500 additive manufacturing professionals.

For information on certification for corporate groups and schools, please click here.

For information on certification for individuals, please click here.


Turnkey Training

Turnkey Training is a standalone training package for common manufacturing roles that allows you to identify the knowledge needed for each worker to provide learning pathways.

Comprehensive Turnkey Training is offered for the Additive 3D Technician job role.


Learning Services

Learning Services is a full-service consulting group that helps our customers develop effective training programs. We work onsite with our customers’ management team, HR/training staff, and front line employees to determine the precise training needed for its workforce and whether the organization has the capacity to implement that training. We offer a complete range of training solutions – from simple training programs and resources, to full curriculum, to creating and establishing an entire corporate university – and all of this is aligned to our customer’s business goals.