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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.


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Who is this course for?

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

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