Additive Manufacturing for
Innovative Design and Production

An 11-week course on the fundamentals, applications, and implications of 3D printing for design and manufacturing.

Additive manufacturing (AM), broadly known as 3D printing, is transforming how products are designed, produced, and serviced. AM lets you produce on-demand, without dedicated equipment or tooling. This unparalleled flexibility unlocks digital design and production tools that can create components and products with breakthrough performance.

But knowledge of the fundamentals of AM, its design principles, applications, and implications is one of the greatest barriers to its wider adoption. How can you harness the potential of AM and use it to drive innovation in your organization?

MIT’s online course Additive Manufacturing for Innovative Design and Production is tailored for professionals, from engineers to executives. The course presents the technical foundation of AM, teaches how to design parts for AM using advanced digital tools, and equips learners with the knowledge and confidence to identify and evaluate applications of AM across the product life cycle.

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Join leading MIT faculty and industry experts in addressing the full spectrum of AM technologies, and connect the fundamentals of AM to its applications and business potential. Walk away with the knowledge and confidence to architect and implement innovative uses of AM across the product life cycle.

You will also learn how to design parts for AM, leveraging advanced CAD, generative design, and process planning software. The course concludes with an in-depth case study, where you will solve a real-world design or business strategy problem using your new knowledge of AM. The course also describes a wide range of value-driven applications of AM, which are described according to value proposition and demonstrated using proven industry examples.


  • Understand the fundamental principles and workflow for AM of polymers, metals, and composites, and how these principles govern the performance and limitations of each mainstream AM process.
  • Acquire the vocabulary necessary to navigate the complex, multivariate landscape of additive manufacturing equipment, materials, and applications.
  • Learn to identify how, when, and where AM can create value across the entire product lifecycle, from design concepts to end-of-life; and how to select an AM process and material for a specific application.
  • Acquire the skills necessary to design parts for AM that combine engineering intuition with computationally-driven design and process-specific constraints.
  • Quantitatively assess the value of an additively manufactured part based on its production cost and performance.
  • Evaluate the business case for transitioning a product to be made using AM versus the conventional approach, either in part or in whole.
  • Develop a cutting-edge perspective on digital transformation and the factory of the future.

To support these learning outcomes, this course uses design software and other digital tools to augment the digital learning experience. To learn more about these tools, download the official course guide >

Enrollment for the Fall 2018 run of Additive Manufacturing is now OPEN!


Start Date:
October 1, 2018
Duration: 11 weeks (includes 1 holiday week)
Time Commitment:  5-7 hours/week on average
Learning Format: Online
CEUs Earned: 4.5
Course Price: $1,950 (Group pricing available)
Enrollment: Open



Learn online - when & where you would like - as long as you complete each module by the assigned time.

Earn an Additive Manufacturing Professional Certificate and 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from MIT.

Connect with a global community of professionals spanning aerospace, automotive, medical devices, and other industries.

Learn from leading MIT faculty, major industrial users of AM, and business leaders.

Evaluate compelling demonstrations of value created by AM spanning industries.

Use cloud-based CAD and generative design tools for communicating digital product data.


John Hart
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity at MIT

Emanuel “Ely” Sachs
Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT

Wojciech Matusik
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT

Stefanie Mueller
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT

Cem Tasan
Assistant Professor of Metallurgy and Materials Science at MIT

Stephen Graves
Professor of Management at MIT


Mohammad Ehteshami
Vice President
GE Additive
Timothy W. Simpson
Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing
Co-Director, Penn State CIMP-3D
The Pennsylvania State University
Jim Joyce
Leader of the Additive Manufacturing Practice, Deloitte Consulting
John Hamilton
Vice President, Engineering
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
The Boeing Company
Adam Broda
Production Engineering Manager
Boeing Additive Manufacturing
The Boeing Company
Mike Vander Wel
Chief Engineer
Production Engineering
The Boeing Company
Gero Corman
Head of Additive Manufacturing Group Digitalization Department Volkswagen Group
Kirk D. Skaggs
Associate Technical Fellow
Material Development Program Manager, Tooling & Operations
Boeing Additive Manufacturing
The Boeing Company
Jenette Ramos
Senior Vice President Supply Chain & Operations
The Boeing Company

Robert Yancey, Ph.D.
Director, Manufacturing and Production Strategy

John Slotwinski
Additive Manufacturing Technical Lead, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; & Chair, ASTM-ISO F42 Committee on AM Technologies
Robert Bodor
Vice President & General Manager, Americas at Proto Labs


Get recognized! Learners who successfully complete the course will receive a Digital Certificate from MIT and Continuing Education Units (CEUs).