Additive Manufacturing for
Innovative Design and Production

A 9-week online course on creating new products, processes, and business models using 3D printing.

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

But knowledge of the fundamental principles of AM, its applications, and its implications is one of the main barriers to its rapid adoption. How can professionals and organizations realize the potential of AM, and use it to create value across the entire product life cycle?

MIT’s Additive Manufacturing for Innovative Design and Production online course is tailored for professionals─ from engineers to executives─ who seek to understand both the technical and business aspects behind AM in order to remain competitive and drive innovation in a dynamic industrial space.

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Join leading MIT faculty and industry experts in addressing the full spectrum of AM technologies─ for polymers, metals, composites, and other advanced materials. Walk away with the knowledge and confidence to identify valuable applications of AM, and to architect and implement innovative uses of AM across the product life cycle.

The course also incorporates advanced digital design, modeling, and visualization tools, as well as an in-depth case study, where you will solve a real-world design or business strategy problem using your new knowledge of AM.


  • Acquire the vocabulary necessary to navigate the complex, multivariate landscape of additive manufacturing equipment, materials, and applications.
  • Understand the operating principles of each mainstream AM process and how these principles govern its performance and limitations.
  • Learn to identify how, when, and where additive manufacturing can create value across the entire product lifecycle, from design concepts to end-of-life.
  • 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 additively manufactured vs. traditionally manufactured, in part or in whole.
  • Develop a cutting-edge perspective on digital transformation and the factory of the future.


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Start Date:
Fall 2018
Duration: 9 Weeks
Time Commitment:  4-5 hours per week
Learning Format: Online
Course Price: $1,950

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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

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

Cem Tasan
Thomas B. King Career Development Professor of Metallurgy at MIT

Stephen Graves
Abraham J. Siegel Professor of Management at MIT

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

Emanuel “Ely” Sachs
Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT


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