What do Masterclass participants learn about designing for AM?

Successful application of additive manufacturing starts with a design drawn up on the basis of the technology. During the 'Design for Additive Manufacturing' masterclass, those present acquired knowledge and understanding about designing components specifically for AM. We'll let them tell you about it. 

In order to apply additive manufacturing (AM) successfully it is crucial that you already have the necessary knowledge of the various technologies in-house. By way of a very specific practice-based approach framed within an overall vision, this masterclass will give you a wide and detailed overview of AM technologies, including the potential and also the limitations.

Benjamin Denayer, Senior Business Developer Additive Manufacturing at Sirris explains: "The AM team at Sirris help companies along the path towards using 3D printing as a production technology. Our 'Design for 3D printing' masterclass forms part of the overall approach which we have developed for this. We run a scan to seek opportunities, set up case studies with companies and give hands-on training to engineers and designers. Because of the practical approach we take to these masterclasses, we often see the beginnings of internal changes within companies. Employees often become captivated by the concept, exchanging new ideas and reaching new conclusions. This all forms part of getting the dynamic going with respect to 3D printing in companies. Therefore we offer masterclasses both within the environment of a specific company, but also as a public version to which everybody may attend." 

This strategy has proved to be successful, as indicated by the generally positive responses received from the participants. Here are some of the reactions we have received: 

"The masterclass helped me to think differently about additive manufacturing, ways in which people design from a more functional perspective - forces and fixing points - and from that determining a 'biological', optimal topological form using software. Another eye-opener was the understanding that people also learn about the limitations of additive manufacturing, in the same way that designers also have to be aware of the limitations posed by conventional manufacturing processes - turning, milling, etc." (Dirk Govers, Philips) 

"I found it a very informative masterclass, mainly because there was much more to it than I had initially expected." (David Vanden Broeke, Phibo) 

"It was interesting to learn about all the different technologies in detail." (Hans Santens, Robberechts) 

"This course is a must for being able to estimate the difference between a design and the actual possibilities." (Stijn Vanveerdeghem, CNH) 

"It was a real eye-opener with respect to the possibilities - what can and cannot be done. It was also interesting to learn how to reflect on the functionalities." (Kim Ryckebosch, De Ceuninck) 

"In addition to all the information, I really appreciated the personal support provided and also the fact that the theory was followed by practical sessions." (Bart De Keersmaeckers, Atlas Copco) 

"For me the critical questioning about whether my case study was indeed suitable for 3D printing was really valuable". (Christopher Peirs, Panimpex) 

"It was a good beginner's course and it would be ideal if there were also specific and detailed follow-up courses available". (Bram Kamers, GC Europe) 

Would you like to know what switching to additive manufacturing could mean for your product or process? 

On 19 and 20 May, 11 June 2015, Sirris will once again be giving the 'Design for Additive Manufacturing' masterclass where you can acquire the knowledge and understanding for designing components specifically for AM. This would result in you benefiting fully from the benefits available. Would you like more information about the masterclass? You can find it here! 

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