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MIT Additive Manufacturing online course launches with more than 1,100 participants

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A new MIT Additive Manufacturing course launched online this Monday, April 30th, on the MIT XPro Platform, with more than 1,100 participants enrolled from around the globe. Registration has now been extended until Friday, May 11. The $1,950, 9-week course is designed for manufacturing, design, or engineering professionals across industries, in any role that will be influenced by products, tools, and business models enabled by AM.

Taught by leading MIT faculty, the course is titled Additive Manufacturing for Innovative Design and Production and will also include industry experts to address the fundamentals, applications, and implications of additive manufacturing (AM). Participants will walk away with an in-depth understanding of the technical principles of AM, its advanced design principles, and its breakthrough applications across the product lifecycle.

At the end of this 9-week course, participants will be ready to architect and implement innovative uses of AM in their organization and envision new AM-enabled products, processes, and business models. Corporate packages are available and a free 1-hour preview webinar is available on demand.

Faculty includes MIT professors from engineering, computer science, metallurgy and management departments: Associate Professor John Hart, Assistant Professor Stefanie Mueller, Professor Cem Tasan, Professor Stephen Graves, Associate Professor Wojciech Matusik, as well as Professor Emanuel “Ely” Sachs, inventor of the binder jetting 3DP process which is become ever more relevant in the AM production scenario.

AMplified expectations

As part of this course, the MIT team has designed and fabricated a series of components that illustrate the capabilities, limitations, and design principles for several AM processes and materials. One such demonstration artifact is a modular assembly of MIT’s iconic central dome building, involving interlocking polymer and metal components made using industrial AM technologies. The objects are shown through 4K video capture and high-resolution microscope images. Learners may also download and manipulate the 3D models of the artifacts, and print one or all of the artifacts themselves or via an online service.

Students will build the vocabulary necessary to navigate the complex, multivariate landscape of additive manufacturing equipment, materials, and applications. A particular focus will be placed on the operating principles of each mainstream AM process and how these principles govern its performance and limitations. A second phase will focus on developing the means to identify how, when, and where additive manufacturing can create value across the entire product lifecycle, from design concepts to end-of-life.

Through the software provided, students will also hone the skills necessary to design parts for AM that combine engineering intuition with computationally-driven design and process-specific constraints, learning how to assess the value of an additively manufactured part based on its production cost and performance. Finally, participants will also learn how to evaluate the business case for transitioning a product to be additively manufactured vs. traditionally manufactured, in part or in whole; and for the use of additively manufactured tooling and service parts in current and future operations. The lessons will converge into a cutting-edge perspective on digital transformation and the factory of the future.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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