Wohlers Associates Offers New DfAM Course For Managers

Wohlers Associates and America Makes are partnering to offer a one-day design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) course for managers and executives. Following the success of previous DfAM courses conducted for engineers and designers on four continents, this course is the company’s first foray into educating management on wide ranging issues associated with DfAM.

The course is open to the public, with members of America Makes enjoying discounted pricing.

“AM is an inherently multidisciplinary technology,” said Ray Huff, associate engineer and DfAM instructor at Wohlers Associates. “Just as product development teams must rethink the way a product is designed, company management must also gain an appreciation for the new methods, software tools, and considerations that AM presents. Unlocking the vast potential of AM requires a broad understanding of both the opportunities and challenges.”

According to Wohlers Report 2019, the largest application of AM in 2018 is the production of end-use parts, as shown in the following chart. Jigs, fixtures, and other forms of tooling—a combined 18.5%—represent an important range of applications that can save companies a tremendous amount of time and money. End-use parts and tooling rely heavily on designing in a way that optimizes for the AM process. Managers and executives considering the adoption of AM for production applications will gain an advantage over others if they attend this course.

Course presentations, discussions, and hands-on exercises cover the economics of AM, consolidating many parts into one, and topology optimization, which is letting mathematics decide where to place material to optimize the strength-to-weight ratio. The course also covers lattice/mesh structures, the importance of DfAM rules and guidelines, and distortion modeling and simulation. The course includes considerations for metal, polymer, and composite materials, the creation of custom products, and reducing the need for expensive support material. Those attending the course will receive Wohlers Report 2019 at no additional cost. Details on the course are available at this web page.

If you want to learn more about the Wohlers Report 2019, check out our post from earlier this year: Wohlers Report 2019 Academic Activities Chapter By Dr. Ismail Fidan.

 

Workshop on AR, VR, MR, xR in the Manufacturing World from SME

There is a growing interest in virtual reality (VR) as well as related realities, such as augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and the new “xR” in this week’s SME webinar stands for “extended reality.” 

VR Workshop Edmonds 2018
VR Workshop Edmonds 2018

More info on the SME webinar: AR, VR, MR, xR in the Manufacturing World takes place this Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. 

This week, the TEAMM project is also hosting a two-day, in-person workshop on using virtual reality technology as a classroom tool. It will be hosted at Edmonds Community College on August 21 and 22 at Monroe Hall. The 2-day workshop is sponsored by Manufacturing Education Using Virtual Environment Resources (MANEUVER), an NSF project, and will be covering VR-based digital manufacturing (DM) instruction modules. You can read about last year’s workshop here: Virtual Reality Workshop For Digital Manufacturing Education. Photos in this post are from that workshop.

According to the SME webinar web page, “Industry 4.0” and “Smart Factories” initiatives have created expectations for implementation of Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Realities (AR, VR, MR) with little explanation of the desired effect of employing the technology.

  • When should we use augmented reality?
  • Will AR achieve the same benefits as VR?
  • What extended reality (xR) platform best addresses your engineering needs?

In this session, we will define these disparate technologies and work together to identify where they apply to your enterprise.

Eric Kam is the Marketing and Alliances Director, Manufacturing Business Channel with ESI-Group and will present the webinar.