Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) from Wohlers Associates with Olaf Diegel and Terry Wohlers

Wohlers Associates and Materialise recently announced a three-day Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) course. This exclusive course is limited to 25 participants and provides training and hands-on learning to understand and practice methods of design for AM. It includes the consolidation of many parts into fewer parts, topology optimization, lattice, mesh, cellular structures and other methods of design for AM.

The course is May 31 – June 2, 2017 at the Materialise headquarters location in Leuven, Belgium. Wohlers Associates has twice offered a similar course for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, which received high marks for its effectiveness.

Associate consultant Olaf Diegel, PhD, will serve as the lead instructor. His rare combination of experience with both conventional design and manufacturing and DfAM makes him one of very few people capable of leading quality DfAM instruction and hands-on learning. “Olaf has created more than 80 commercial products and is an engaging instructor, making him ideal for the course,” Wohlers stated. “The people at NASA had great things to say about him.”

Wohlers Associates is an independent consulting firm that provides technical, market, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and rapid product development. Most TEAMM Collaboration Network members are familiar with the eponymous Wohlers Report that is published annually.

More details on the course are available at the Wohlers Associates site. It is a packed three days of learning, here is a glimpse of the program outline:

Day 1

  • Introduction to AM, the State of the AM Industry
  • AM Process: from CAD to Part
  • Introduction to Design for AM
  • Introduction to Part Consolidation
  • Part Consolidation Exercise
  • Design for Mass-Customization Exercise

Day 2   

  • AM Process: from CAD to Part
  • Materialise Tour
  • Designing for Metal AM
  • Topology Optimization and Mesh/Lattice Structures

Day 3   

  • Design for Other AM Processes
  • Tooling Applications of AM
  • Lead Time Reduction
  • Economics of AM
  • Panel Session
  • AM in the Near Future

This special, advanced course from Wohlers and Materialise is aimed at industry professionals. For the student or teacher seeking lessons that range from intro to intermediate needs, head to the TEAMM Modules page where you’ll find specific curriculum to help in your additive manufacturing courses. For example, two intermediate courses: 3D Printing In The Classroom and 3-D Spatial Visualization Skill Building for Additive Manufacturing are available for download as PDF, PPT or ZIP files. More Additive Manufacturing and Materials Science course resources are available at the Materials Education site.

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