Basis for the additive future of enterprises
The training of designers, engineers, and decision-makers in the economy continues to play a key role in the further market penetration of additive manufacturing. A fundamental rethink needs to take place in component design if the potential of additive manufacturing is to be exploited for the relevant product range in the form of radical lightweight construction or component integration.
Under the Additive Academy label, Fraunhofer IAPT has offered successful training seminars to the market since 2014 in the area of additive manufacturing, providing advanced training to over 1,500 engineers for customers in the aviation and auto-motive industries, mechanical engineering, and the service sector. The positive experience gained in training seminars means that customers can shape their additive future in other Fraunhofer IAPT services ranging from bionic design to series production.
The Additive Academy provides application-oriented knowledge on issues relating to the industrial use of additive manufacturing. In addition to theoretical seminars, the training program also includes hands-on training that takes place directly on machinery and is supported by a total of 40 experts from one of the leading institutes for additive manufacturing.
Seminars cover all business areas: design, production, and management. The requirement levels of training seminars are also adapted to the prior knowledge of participants. Seminars are divided into starter, advanced, and expert training, facili-tating selection of the right training course to suit individual levels of knowledge. In addition, tailored, customized training seminars can also be arranged.
6 different additive manufacturing technologies and 13 machines at our institute in Hamburg allow us to cover a very broad spectrum. Training seminars can also be conducted on-site at the company if additive software and hardware are available.
Training services offered by the Additive Academy are, of course, subject to continuous further enhancement. For example, a two-week certificate course addressing the topic of the “Metal Additive Manufacturing Design Professional” was created in 2019 and is available from 2020. An e-learning course on the subject of “Additive Manufacturing Process Selection” has been on offer since November 2019.
The Additive Consulting business segment is currently developing as an offshoot of the Additive Academy, offering advice at management level to customers during the introduction of additive manufacturing. In addition, Additive Consulting collaborates with specialist departments at Fraunhofer IAPT to develop technology studies, some of which are published.