Additive Manufacturing (AM) also known as 3D printing, compels us to reimagine how products are designed, produced, and delivered to customers around the globe. Using digital design tools for AM is the key to achieving enhanced performance, on-demand production, and mass-customization.

Emerging industrial AM processes can be used with polymers, metals, composites, and other advanced materials. Combining these processes with advanced digital design tools has spurred rapid deployment of AM in a true industrial context. More than half of all parts made by additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, are already for end-use applications. 

Now, more than ever, engineers, designers, and executives must understand how and when to leverage AM in their roles. In Additive Manufacturing for Innovative Design and Production, you'll learn acquire the knowledge and confidence needed to create innovative solutions using AM in both design and production across the product lifecycle.

Who You'll Meet:

  • Leading MIT faculty in manufacturing, materials science, computer science, and business.
  • Leaders from major industrial users of AM in aerospace, automotive, and other industries.
  • Designers and engineers skilled in the nuts-and-bolts of producing parts additively.
  • A community of professionals from diverse fields who share your same questions and interest in discovering the potential of AM.

What You'll See:

  • An in-depth series of video lectures and interviews featuring MIT faculty and industry experts.
  • Examinations and explanations of the design and production methods for each mainstream AM process used to create components.
  • Compelling demonstrations of value created by AM in prototyping, product development, tooling, spare parts, customization, mass production, and more.
  • Advanced software for 3D modeling, generative design, and AM build preparation.
  • A comprehensive assessment of the performance of AM processes, and the resultant properties of AM materials and components.
  • In-depth set of video lectures, including high-detail examinations of industrial parts produced using each mainstream AM process.

What You'll Use:

  • The interactive, browser-based edX platform that includes multimedia content presentations, three-dimensional part data, and interactive quantitative tools.
  • Cloud-based CAD and generative design software for real world case studies:
    • Onshape: a cloud-based application for collaborative CAD
  • A curated online discussion platform for communicating with course peers and exchanging insights.
  • An online Knowledge Base that offers over 30 hours of supplemental content, to enrich the learning experience and guide in-depth design for AM.



Status + Implications of AM

  • The vocabulary and status of AM and its implications.
  • A description of the AM workflow and digital thread.
  • Perspectives from industry leaders and academic experts.

AM Processes

  • An overview of all major AM processes and comparison of their performance.
  • Modules on the fundamentals, materials, and design guidelines for each process.
  • Video walkthroughs of process-specific workflows.

Applications of AM

  • A structured presentation of AM across the product lifecycle.
  • AM application examples from aerospace, automotive, medical, and more.
  • A methodology for selecting and classifying potential applications of AM.

Break Week

  • No work or assignments the week of June 10, 2019.

Design for AM

  • Engineering approaches to design for AM, spanning processes and materials.
  • Design methods for novel geometries, lattices, and infill patterns.
  • Software for build preparation, generative design, and part/process simulation.
  • Process and materials selection; assessment of performance, quality, and cost tradeoffs.

Cost + Value Analysis

  • Understand how to quantitatively capture the value of AM versus conventional manufacturing.
  • A framework and online tool for AM cost modeling, applied to example scenarios.
  • Implications of AM on supply chain operations.

Break Week

  • No work or assignments the week of July 15, 2019.

Case Studies

  • In the capstone experience of the course, synthesize your new knowledge of AM to solve a real-world problem.
  • Connect with peers to evaluate and receive feedback.

Future of Production

  • Assess critical technologies that will complement AM in the factory of the future, including robotics, advanced materials, and computation.
  • Identify near, medium-and long-term challenges and opportunities for AM.
  • Build a perspective on product, process, and business model innovations catalyzed by AM.


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


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