MIT & Boeing: their first steps in 3D printing for education

During a nine-week online course, professionals and organizations will discover and acquire new skills in additive manufacturing. They will learn new notions in the design, production, and service of products. Furthermore, they will carry out researches on the techniques of restructuring production workflows and lowering manufacturing costs.

The new course teaches critical skills that prepare employees to implement AM in their organizations. The course explains leading AM technologies for polymers, metals, and advanced materials; addresses design for AM via both engineering principles and computational design; and includes quantitative models for assessing the cost and value of components made by AM.”

The purpose behind MIT-Boeing collaboration

Both companies aim to communicate the scope of 3D printing and its capability to increase productivity in manufacturing operations. This applies to aerospace and potentially to any industry involved in the design and manufacture of physical products. The course curriculum reflects AM’s widespread applicability across industries.

Additive manufacturing already has important implications throughout the product life cycle, yet, most importantly, we can now envision its use as a mainstream production technique. This compels us to accelerate our understanding of the unique advantages of AM, and rethink how we design new parts and products, and the metrics by which we define their importance,” says the course director, John Hart, associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT and director of the MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity.


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