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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.

Delivered by an experienced team.

The team at Gen3D are industrial and academic experts with many years of research in additive manufacturing (3D printing). We distil this broad range of knowledge into a focused online design for additive manufacturing course covering what we have found to be most important in the field of design for additive manufacturing. 

  • Steven Goguelin

    Dr Steven Goguelin - Instructor

    Steve has a masters in mechanical engineering, specialising in design. His PhD in design for additive manufacturing focused on the role of computers in the AM workflow. He now helps users fully exploit AM with his design and applications role at Gen3D.

  • Wesley Essink

    Dr Wesley Essink - CTO

    Wesley is the CTO of Gen3D. With a PhD focused on using AI to optimise manufacturing processes and a masters in mechanical and electrical engineering, Wesley now develops Gen3D's design software including the interactive tutorials for this course.

  • Vimal Dhokia

    Dr Vimal Dhokia - Advisor

    Vimal is an expert in advanced manufacturing and design for AM with research spanning across aerospace through to healthcare. His current position as Reader at the University of Bath helps bridge the gap between academia and industry.

  • Joseph Flynn

    Dr Joseph Flynn - Advisor

    Joe is an expert in applying geometry to create useful and interesting shapes. His PhD was in precision engineering but now focuses exclusively on AM. His work helped create algorithms that automatically design fluid flow channels and lattice structures.

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