Introduction to Additive Manufacturing

Provided by: ToolingU

Additive manufacturing is a rapidly growing industry that allows for rapid prototyping and the creation of more complex and functional parts, including end-use parts and traditional manufacturing tooling. AM encompasses a variety of build methods, such as material jetting and material extrusion. An understanding of the AM basics is useful for anyone working in the manufacturing industry. AM methods often streamline manufacturing processes and improve products and profitability. After completing this class, users will have gained important foundational AM knowledge, including the different AM methods and processes, the uses of AM, and the potential for future AM industrial growth.

Course Objectives:

  • Distinguish between additive manufacturing and traditional manufacturing
  • Explain the history of AM
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of AM
  • Describe the use of AM as a secondary process
  • Describe the general AM process steps and computer networking
  • Distinguish between AM methods that deposit build material
  • Distinguish between AM methods that manipulate build material in or on a component
  • Describe the different ways in which AM techniques construct part layers
  • Describe considerations for designing for AM
  • Describe the types of AM materials
  • Describe the types of available additive manufacturing machines
  • Describe AM support structures and part orientation
  • Describe AM post-processing
  • Describe CAD software and its use in additive manufacturing
  • Describe the use of STL and related files in AM
  • Describe G-code and its use in additive manufacturing
  • Describe the future of additive manufacturing.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for manufacturing personnel, including technicians, engineers, and managers

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Additive Manufacturing

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2 hrs



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