Wohlers Associates, America Makes Team Up to Offer DfAM Course

The course is open to the public, with members of America Makes getting discounted pricing.

The course is open to the public, with members of America Makes getting discounted pricing.

The production of end-use parts is largest application of AM. Image courtesy of Wohlers Report 2022.

Wohlers Associates and America Makes are partnering to offer a three-day design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) course. The July 18-20, 2022 course will be held at America Makes’ headquarters in Youngstown, OH. The course is open to the public, with members of America Makes getting discounted pricing.

“Rethinking methods of design, coupled with understanding the true capabilities of AM, presents immeasurable options for organizations of all sizes,” says Terry Wohlers, head of advisory services and market intelligence at Wohlers Associates, powered by ASTM International. Wohlers will helplead instructor and global DfAM expert Olaf Diegel with the three-day course.

“Being able to support best practices from our members is a key component of our overall education and workforce development strategy,” says Josh Cramer, education and workforce development director at America Makes. “We are dedicated to a 'K through Grey' mission, ensuring we are driving in career pathways for all learners, including those who are reskilling or upskilling in our industry.”

Course presentations, discussions and hands-on exercises cover the economics of AM. The course covers topology optimization. The course also covers lattice/mesh structures, DfAM rules and guidelines, and the modeling and simulation of distortion caused by heat. The course includes considerations for metal, polymer, composite materials, and the creation of custom products.

According to Wohlers Report 2022, the largest application of AM is the production of end-use parts, as shown in the chart. Production applications almost always require DfAM. Designers and managers considering the adoption of AM for series and custom production can benefit from this course.

Those attending the course will receive Wohlers Report 2022 at no additional cost. Details on the course are available at this web page.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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