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Design for additive manufacturing: metal & polymer

Discover and use a design methodology to maximize the value of additive manufacturing and avoid the pitfalls. Get tips and tricks for clever design and bring them into practice on real cases in this two-day workshop jointly hosted by UTS and Materialise.

About this course

For design and engineering teams ready to get started with additive manufacturing, this two-day workshop covers a range of case studies and practical experiences on the foundations, technology, workflow and smart design principles to make the most of additive manufacturing technology using metals, plastics, or a combination.

Course structure


  • Part selection
  • Drivers
  • Lessons learned (case studies),
  • Technology overview framework
  • Overcoming limitations through smart design
  • Digital workflow.

Design for AM (basic):

  • Applied learning via case-studies
  • Limitations of specific technologies
  • Design guidelines on how to overcome these limitations and maximize the freedom of design

Design for AM (advanced):

  • Refining design issues and possibilities
  • A methodology to design efficiently.
  • Metal: support structures, powder removal, wall thickness, bores and cylinders
  • LS: wall thickness, bores & cylinder, powder removal, functional parts, assembly joints, textures, Lattice
  • FDM: surface roughness, anisotropy, bores and cylinders

ProtoSpace tour


Learning outcomes

  • Understand how to efficiently design parts for additive manufacturing based on technology rules, business value, and software tools.
  • Apply a methodology to design or redesign parts for AM using common design workflows.
  • Build a toolkit for applying the thought-process, methodology and workflows on AM part concepts.

Who is this course for?

This course is for design and engineering teams who are working with – or seriously considering – additive manufacturing applications.



26 March




1 days

Meet the Expert

Suresh Ratnam

Suresh Ratnam
Mechanical Design Engineer for Additive Manufacturing

Suresh Ratnam is a mechanical design engineer for Additive Manufacturing with a dedicated focus on industrial applications. His specific background in Aerospace, Software R&D, and extensive knowledge in Additive Manufacturing technologies allows him to support Materialise partners in creating meaningful applications. He often participates in co-creation workshops, where his curiosity and problem solving mindset are key in overcoming complex problems and to co-create new products or optimize existing ones.

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09:00 AM, Thursday, 26 March
Expert: Suresh Ratnam
  • Thursday, 26 March
  • 1 days
  • On-campus
  • 26-27 March 2020, 9am-5pm | UTS City Campus

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