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Overview video.

Core design principles of AM

This design for additive manufacturing course provides a thorough overview of design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) fundamentals. The online course consists of 5 parts which cover the core design principles anyone getting into AM should know.

Latest trends in additive manufacturing

Gain new skills with both video content and hands-on tutorials. Get up to speed with the latest trends in additive manufacturing such as optimising parts with generative design, minimising material with lattices and simplifying assemblies with part consolidation.

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Why you should take this course.

Practice what you're taught

List of introduction to design for additive manufacturing course lessons inside screen

The course content is linked to guided online tutorials utilising Gen3D’s design software. Using Gen3D’s software, we guide you through the AM design process in easy steps, which is an ideal hands-on method of practising what you’re learning. Interactive tutorials are available via Windows devices.

Boost your knowledge, earn a certificate

Steve Goguelin teaching on the topic of support structures

Whether you are new to AM or looking to boost your existing knowledge, this design for additive manufacturing course is ideal for all individuals with a technical background and a basic knowledge of design and manufacturing. A completion certificate allows you to showcase your work.

Course overview.

Video content for design for additive manufacturing course

3+ hours of video content

Detailed course notes - design for additive manufacturing

54 pages of detailed course notes

Design for additive manufacturing tutorials

5 interactive design tutorials (Windows)

Industry test cases & worked examples

Industry test cases and worked examples

Topics covered.

Introduction to our design for additive manufacturing course

1. Introduction to the course

  • Course introduction
  • Additive manufacturing workflow
  • What is design for additive manufacturing?
  • Interactive tutorial one
Design for the Right Process

2. Design for the correct process

  • Overview of AM categories
  • Additive manufacturing design guidelines
  • AM process overview with real printed parts
  • Large scale AM with industrial examples
  • Interactive tutorial two
Design for Minimal Material Usage

3. Design for minimal material usage

  • Understanding functional surfaces
  • Topology optimisation
  • Lattice structure design
  • How to minimise support structure
  • Interactive tutorial three
Design for Improved Functionality

4. Design for improved functionality

  • Multi-scale design for additive manufacturing
  • Mass customisation
  • Biomimetics
  • Generative design
  • Interactive tutorial four
Design for Part Consolidation

5. Design for part consolidation

  • Part re-design for additive manufacturing
  • Opportunities for part consolidation
  • Challenges with part-consolidation
  • Design for additive manufacturing course summary
  • Interactive tutorial five
Design for additive manufacturing tutorials

Interactive design tutorials

  • Guided AM design examples
  • Apply the knowledge from the course
  • Familiarisation with AM design workflows
(Windows only)


Really enjoyed the course! It provided a great reminder of the unique designs made possible through AM technologies, and it is clear to see much thought has gone into the functionality of the Gen3D software to easily incorporate these unique features into the part design.

Jon McAlinden

Design Engineer, GKN Aerospace

Excellent job running through almost every aspect of AM, backed by easy to understand course material, real-world examples and tutorials. I would highly recommend to all audiences interested in AM, even as a refresher to supplement DfAM principles which are already known but often forgotten.

Abdul Haque

Technical Lead - Metal AM, AMRC