The implications of additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, span the entire product lifecycle and compel us to reimagine how products are designed, produced, and delivered to customers around the globe. Emerging industrial AM processes can be used with polymers, metals, composites, and other advanced materials; combined with advanced digital design tools, we are now poised to rapidly deploy AM in a true industrial context. More than half of all parts made by 3D printing are already for end-use applications.

It is imperative that engineers, designers, and executives take the steps now to understand how and when to leverage AM in their roles and organizations. In this online course, you will study the technical fundamentals, industrial applications, and business implications of AM, and acquire the knowledge and confidence to create innovative solutions using AM in both design and production.

Who You'll Meet:

  • Seminal experts in additive and digital manufacturing from MIT and the industrial community.
  • Thought-leaders from major industrial users of AM in aerospace, automotive, and other industries.
  • Product designers and experts in the nuts-and-bolts of producing parts additively.

What You'll See:

  • Compelling demonstrations of value created by additive processes across applications including product development, tooling, spare parts, customization and large-scale production.
  • Advanced computer modeling and simulation software.
  • 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.
  • A curated online discussion platform for communicating with course peers and exchanging insights.
  • An online Knowledge Base that offers more than 20 hours of supplemental content available to enrich the learning experience and guide applications of AM.
  • A 3D Modular Design Kit that includes metal and polymer parts made by a series of advanced AM processes. Each piece is engineered to illustrate both the unique advantages and limitations inherent to each process.

WEEKLY COURSE STRUCTURE:

1

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.
2

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.
3

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.
4+5

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.
6

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.
7+8

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.
9

Future of Production

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

MEET THE INSTRUCTORS

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

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