Additive Manufacturing: Manufacturers are beginning to recognize the benefits that 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 AM 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. The MTUniversity Additive Manufacturing track is available online on a subscription basis for $325. The track is approximately eight hours of study and includes a vocabulary list, a pre-test and Final Exam. For CMTSEs who are in the process of recertifying their credential, this track of classes has the same Professional Development point value as a college course (4 Points). The track includes,

Intro to Additive Manufacturing .........................................

Beginner

Additive Manufacturing Safety ..........................................

Beginner

The Basic Additive Manufacturing Process .....................

Beginner

Additive Manufacturing Methods and Materials ............

Beginner

Design for Additive Manufacturing ..................................

Beginner

Additive Manufacturing Materials Science ......................

Intermediate

Integrating Additive Manufacturing with Traditional Manufacturing ....................................................................

Intermediate

Additive Manufacturing as a Secondary Process ..........

Intermediate

Intro to Additive Manufacturing

Introduces the basic concepts of AM, and discusses the history and development of AM, as well as the future. In addition, the basic process of AM is outlined and the technologies and classifications of AM are explored.

Additive Manufacturing Safety 

Describes how users can protect themselves against common mechanical, electrical, thermal, and airborne hazards associated with AM processes. This class also provides an overview of personal protective equipment (PPE), lockout/tagout procedures, Hazard Communication Standards (HCS), and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

The Basic Additive Manufacturing Process

Provides an overview of the build process used in additive manufacturing. Upon completing "The Basic AM Process," users should know the eight basic steps involved in creating an AM product.

Additive Manufacturing Methods and Materials

Provides users with an overview of the different processes used in additive manufacturing. This class also details the materials used in each process and any additional considerations specific to those materials.

Design for Additive Manufacturing

Discusses how to conceptualize and create a part design for an additive manufacturing process. It provides engineers with an incredible degree of freedom. Additive Manufacturing processes are capable of creating prototypes or parts with increased complexity, functionality, and integration. It also allows for other unique manufacturing opportunities, such as mass customization.

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.

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.

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.
 

You will receive an e-mail shortly after your purchase with instructions about login procedures to the MTUniversity e-Learning website. If you have any questions, please contact, Clara Mora at cmora@AMTonline.org or 703-827-5276 or Greg Jones at gjones@AMTonline.org or 703-827-5203.