Additive Manufacturing for
Innovative Design and Production

A 12-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 enables on-demand production, without dedicated equipment or tooling, and unlocks digital design tools, giving breakthrough performance and unparalleled flexibility. Across industries, knowledge remains one of the greatest barriers to AM's wider adoption. So, how can you harness the potential of AM and use it to drive innovation in your organization?

Join MIT faculty and industry leaders to learn the fundamentals, applications and business implications of the full spectrum of AM technologies.

MIT’s online course Additive Manufacturing for Innovative Design and Production  will give you the knowledge and confidence to architect and implement innovative uses of AM across the product life cycle, and will accelerate your career in this rapidly emerging field. 

Have questions? Join Professor John Hart for a live webinar and Q&A on Wednesday, April 24th at 12pm ET. 

Can't make it to the live webinar? RSVP anyway! All registrants will receive a link to the recorded webinar.


Additive Manufacturing for Innovative Design and Production is an online course tailored for manufacturing professionals from engineers to executives. Led by MIT Professor John Hart and featuring dozens of expert contributors, the course presents the technical foundation of AM, explains 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. The course concludes with an in-depth case study, where you will solve a real-world design or business strategy problem using your newly acquired AM expertise.

This course reflects MIT’s standards of technically comprehensive, rigorous instruction, while placing heavy emphasis on real-world uses of AM and its practical implications.


At the end of this course, you will:

  • 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.

In the design section and (optionally) in the case study, learners use Onshape’s cloud-based CAD platform and cloud-based generative design software for topology optimization. However, previous CAD experience is not necessary to complete the course.

Enrollment for the May 20th, 2019 course is now open! Enroll now or Sign up for more info.

To learn more about these tools and watch videos from the course, download the official course guide or watch a pre-recorded webinar, featuring a Q&A with Professor John Hart.


Start Date:
May 20, 2019
Duration: 12 weeks (includes 2 catch up weeks)
Time Commitment:  5-7 hours/week on average
Learning Format: Online
CEUs Earned: 4.5
Course Price: $1,950 (Group pricing available)
Enrollment: Now Open!


Learn online - when and 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 esteemed MIT faculty, major industrial users of AM, and business leaders from around the world.

Explore dozens of compelling applications of AM, and reflect on the technical and business justifications.

Use cutting-edge CAD and generative design tools to explore digital models of 3D printed parts, and create AM-enabled concepts.


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).