Following Protolabs’ recent initiatives with GE Additive and MIT that aim to advance 3D printing, the digital manufacturer teams up with consultants Wohlers Associates in a joint effort to accelerate design for manufacturing knowledge around 3D printing.
With decades of experience in AM, the two stakeholders will be able to provide an extensive expertise to help engineers and designers develop practical skills to exploit a wide range of 3D printing technologies.
The invitation-only course titled Designing for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) takes place over three days near Raleigh, North Carolina, concluding at Protolabs’ state-of-the-art 3D printing facility. Olaf Diegel, Associate Consultant at Wohlers Associates & head of the Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab at the University of Auckland, along with Terry Wohlers, Principle Consultant and President at the company led the talk. A great number of AM engineers from Protolabs that have a certain experience in polymer and metal 3D printing technologies joined them in the course.
“Additive manufacturing has moved well beyond this worn-out notion that it has to prove its worth—we’ve seen firsthand its maturation over the years and have literally 3D printed millions of parts during that time,” said Protolabs’ President and CEO, Vicki Holt. “We know it’s an extremely valuable prototyping tool but it has now made significant strides in materials and technology where production is its logical next phase. Collaborating with the world’s leading additive experts—and those who look to leverage that technology to its fullest—will serve to proliferate the education and adoption of 3D printing.”
For both players, this course is another step towards a goal of legitimating industrial 3D printing as a key production tool in the manufacturing industry. In fact, as far as Protolabs is concerned, last year, the digital manufacturer joined GE Additive’s Manufacturing Partner Network and later became a founding member of MIT’s Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies (ADAPT).
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