Course details

Start date

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Course length

Half day introductory course

Mode of study

Face to face


Lonsdale House

Course description

What can I expect from this workshop?

Additive Manufacturing (AM) uses technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of a material such as plastic, metal or ceramics. AM encompasses many technologies including 3D printing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing and additive fabrication.


This course is ideal if you have a drawing or CAD but no physical item and you would like to learn more about how 3D printing can help you produce the object.

European Union Social Fund in Partnership with the Department for work and pensions

Learning outcomes

Although more than 30 years old, additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing opportunities have accelerated recently and are finding a much bigger foot print in business operations. Commercially available machines now produce metals and alloys, polymers and resins, ceramics and fibre reinforced composites. With such a large variety of materials and methods it can be challenging for businesses to choose a technology that suits their need. 

Overviews will be provided of some of the most commonly available open source software for CAD (Computer Aided Design) such as Autodesk Tinkercad (web browser based-no installation required) and AM process parameters setups such as Cura and Meshmixer. The design rules for AM will also be described.

Participants will have the opportunity to design a simple part in CAD and set up the model for 3D printing.

The course will help businesses to understand the range of technologies and materials, to maximise their potential in a cost-effective way. This hands-on short course is delivered by experts, demonstrating some of the most advanced AM equipment available.

During this course participants will:

Entry requirements

No previous knowledge required.

Fees and funding

We are pleased to highlight that this course is being delivered at a substantially subsidised rate. Contact us on the form below to find out about ESF funding for SMEs.

How to apply

To book your place or for more information, please contact our Business Gateway.

T: 0800 001 5500