Design for Additive Manufacturing: Toward End-Part Production Web Course RePlay PD331705

Topics: Manufacturing and Materials Additive manufacturing , Design processes


Additive manufacturing (AM), is a manufacturing process of choice for functional part production, adding to the suite of choices a designer has available when designing a part for manufacturing. Like other traditional processes like casting and machining, AM has its set of constraints. An added layer of complexity comes from the fact that there are several different AM processes, and some of the design constraints are process-specific. On the other hand, AM offers a range of opportunities in design freedom and mass customization as well as in cost and lead time reduction in some cases. Today, it is essential for designers to embrace AM as a possible manufacturing method to ensure their products are competitive and also to unlock the design innovation that AM enables. 

The goal of this 10-hour course is to give designers the information needed to start designing for AM at all levels - identifying and justifying use of AM technology for a particular part, selecting the right process and material for the application and ensuring it is designed with the advantages and considerations of AM in mind. The course is not intended to serve as a software-training class or as a deep dive into any specific AM process, but rather to draw connections between design and AM from a designer's perspective.


By participating in this course, participants will be able to:

  • List the different polymer and metal AM process technologies and materials and identify which of these are being used for functional part production
  • Select the optimum AM material and process for a particular application
  • Predict how design decisions impact manufacturability for the selected AM process and apply design rules and guidelines to your design process
  • Quantify the expected properties of the AM parts
  • Discover how topology optimization, cellular structures and other disruptive design techniques can be leveraged with AM and associated software tools
  • Identify the different drivers for adopting AM for a particular part, with regard to cost, lead time, supply chain and performance risks
  • Relate to the challenges and ongoing research efforts to be able to move forward with AM implementation in the presence of rapid change in the field
  • Develop a comprehensive strategy to bring AM for functional part production into your organization that addresses both the benefits and impacts

Materials Provided

  • 90 days of online single-user access (from date of purchase)
  • 10 hours of instructor-delivered content
  • Course workbook (downloadable, .pdf's)
  • Online learning assessment
  • Instructor follow up to your content questions
  • 1.0 CEUs* (upon completion of all course modules and satisfactory assessment score)

*SAE International is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this course.

Is this Web Seminar RePlay for You?

This course is relevant to and needed by designers that work in aerospace and automotive companies and are chartered with either designing next generation solutions, or even with designing for cost, replacement parts or tooling used in the manufacturing process. Designers that can use existing design tools but need to learn enough about AM so they can use these tools to design parts suitable for these manufacturing processes will especially benefit from this course.

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Dhruv Bhate

Dhruv Bhate is an Associate Professor at the Arizona State University (ASU), The Polytechnic School, where he conducts research in the design and mechanics of Additive Manufacturing (AM) structures and materials, and teaches courses in AM processes, design and materials at the undergraduate and graduate level. Prior to joining ASU, Dhruv spent 2 years at PADT, Inc, a small business in Tempe, AZ, where he led the company's R&D efforts in Additive Manufacturing. Prior to joining PADT, Dhruv spent 7 years at Intel Corporation developing several laser-based manufacturing processes, taking them from early-stage research to High-Volume-Manufacturing. He also spent a year in the automotive industry, working for India’s largest car manufacturer, Tata Motors. Dhruv has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University where he developed constitutive and failure models for the prediction of fatigue fracture in ductile metal alloys. Prior to this, he obtained his M.S. from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied the phenomenon of adhesion in MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) structures. Dhruv’s passion lies in combining theory, experimental methods and simulation to answer challenging research questions in new and effective ways, seeking inspiration from multiple disciplines.

Access Period: 90 Days      CEUs: 1

Duration: 10 Hours
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