LILIAM supports Lifelong Learning for Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM) is revolutionising the way in which raw materials can be saved, reused and optimised. LILIAM deals with the set up of a training program in AM dedicated to operators, specialists, engineers, manager and new professionals to fill the current lack of specialists able to take advantage of AM over the whole value chain, from material to end of life. The programme will be designed to release an official European certificate.


Additive manufacturing techniques are innovative technologies that open new perspectives for the design of products. They are applied to different types of materials (polymers, metals and ceramics) and may be used in almost all sectors of the industry. Those techniques enable you to reduce the amount of raw material used to manufacture a product, and that at least in two ways: the material is deposited only where it is needed for functional purposes, and there is no removal of material, as is the case with traditional techniques, using machining, drilling and cutting.

However, those techniques are not sufficiently known by engineers and technicians, and hence specialised people are needed for them to be used at their best: their success is linked to several factors, such as the optimisation of the design of the parts (topological optimisation), but also perfect control over the parameters of the processes: in those techniques, the material is built together with the product, and the mechanical characteristics of the material are strongly linked to the process parameters.

The LILIAM project aims to give a European frame to dedicated training programmes, in order to specialise different categories of workers (operators, designers, and engineers) towards the control of additive manufacturing techniques.

Training modules

  • Materials for additive manufacturing
  • Additive manufacturing processes
  • Product design and optimisation
  • Modelling and simulation 
  • Process monitoring and control
  • Post-processing / hybrid processes 
  • Control, qualification and certification, standards and IPRs 
  • Lifecycle assessment, lifecycle costing 
  • End of life and recycling of materials

Project plan

Set-up of the training programme (2019): during the first year the project will focus on identifying the target audience, design-appropriate actions to promote the training and developing of all the materials, including innovative features of learning-by-doing, virtual and augmented reality for training and project labs.

Pilot training (2020): in the second year, a pilot programme will be delivered to tune and refine the courses in terms of teaching approaches and target profiles to be trained. By the end of the second year, the full-scale European training will start.

Project partners

Politecnico di Milano - lead partner (Italy)
Aitiip Technology Centre (Spain)
Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, CEA (France)
FOTEC Forschungs- und Technologietransfer GmbH (Austria)
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Germany)
Sirris (Belgium)
Tampere University of Technology, TUT (Finland)
TNO – AMSYSTEMS Centre (Netherlands)
Trentino Sviluppo (Italy)

This project is funded by the European framework EIT Raw Material.