This half day short course is delivered by experts with application experience in this field of technology. Relevant to industry it offers a greater understanding of AM processes, materials and applications. It will help you to learn about the fundamentals of AM & 3D printing technologies and the basic application of CAD in Design for AM (DfAM).

Who should attend: You would choose the 3D printing course if you have a drawing or CAD but no physical part/item and you would like to learn more about how you 3D printing can help you produce the object.

Course details

Start date

Wednesday 19 Feb & Wednesday 20 May 2020  

Course length

Half day introductory course

Mode of study

Face to face


Derby Campus

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

2pm - 5pm

Tutorial dates/times


Course description

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. In its early days, 3D printing was merely considered as a rapid prototyping technology. Fast forward 30 years and there doesn't seem to be a field which is not touched by it, from food and arts, to medicine and aerospace. 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 is a challenge for businesses and beginners 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.

This course will therefore 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 commercially.

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Learning outcomes

During this course participants will:

Entry requirements

No previous knowledge required.

Fees and funding

£50 for half the day 

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.

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