Blueprint wants to give more than just skills with its ‘‘Think Additively” program

According to a recent Blueprint study, for 85% of companies, knowledge remains the biggest challenge to fully adopting additive manufacturing. That’s why, the Stratasys-owned additive manufacturing consultancy therefore launches a technology enablement program, “Think Additively”.

Transforming manufacturing is more than buying a 3D printer, and thinking additively is more than Design for Additive Manufacturing,” said Kunal Mehta, head of consulting at Blueprint. “Achieving strategic benefits like streamlined global supply chains or an improved new product development process requires communication across the organization, and communication requires a shared language. Whether an organization is early in additive adoption or mature, it is our aim to provide the knowledge and the language to achieve these transformational benefits.”

What does “going beyond Design for AM” mean?

In a recent interview, we highlighted the fact that around 60% of professionals learned what they know about AM on the job. The demand for training is crucial to help professionals acquire helpful competences. Furthermore, whatever the training, the real gap between a learner and the professional who learned on the job, is the one who knows how to make the most of what he learned.

Through its program, Blueprint tried to combine “practice” and “theory”. Learners will benefit from on-site courses, individualized coaching, and additive accelerator workshops.

Clients will undertake a multi-step journey via four stages:

  1. Foundations: A three-day level-set on additive technologies, benefits, and design principles to establish a common language.
  2. Additive Coaching: A 3-12-month coaching engagement working with individuals to put Foundations knowledge into practice.
  3. Growth Engagements: Custom additive manufacturing acceleration workshops to identify and realize the business value of 3D printing.
  4. Advanced Courses: Deep dives into technical design disciplines, enabling applications of the future.

Lastly, courses can take place either at a client’s location or at a Stratasys site. Course content, however, remains accessible through an online, mobile-friendly adaptive learning platform.

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