New Certificate Course on DfAM Coming Up

Course provides foundational information, special methods and approaches to design, and hands-on practice, organizers say.

Course provides foundational information, special methods and approaches to design, and hands-on practice, organizers say.

The upcoming Advanced Design for Additive Manufacturing Certificate Course hosted by Wohlers Associates and presented in partnership with and hosted by America Makes will take place September 28-30 at America Makes in Youngstown, OH.


This course provides foundational information, special methods and approaches to design, and hands-on practice, according to Wohlers Associates. Specifically, the course involves metal, polymer and composite materials, and the creation of custom products. Participants will use software products Inspire from Altair/solidThinking, Magics from Materialise, and nTopology. 

The course presents best practices and includes DfAM guidelines that have been created over many years, Wohlers Associates reports. Included are design rules and guiding principles for most AM processes and materials, with an emphasis on building quality, functional parts. Examples include minimum wall thicknesses, smallest diameters for pins and holes, the building of screw threads, clearances for moving parts, and overhanging features. Participants will gain hands-on experience by designing complex parts and building them on industrial AM equipment.

The course provides expert instruction from designer Olaf Diegel, along with Ray Huff, according to Wohlers Associates Huff, a designer and DfAM instructor, worked for Wohlers Associates previously. Jacob Williams of ASTM International, and formerly of Northrop Grumman, will put his design experience to work by assisting with the hands-on exercises. 

Participants experienced with CAD can use any design software for the course, although CAD familiarity is not mandatory, according to course organizers. One of several group exercises includes the 3D scanning of a person’s anatomy (such as face or hand), which is then used to design and 3D print a personalized product. A panel of DfAM experts will answer detailed questions and provide more information and perspective.

Spend three days learning to design and build AM parts using methods learned from an experienced team. Learn to consolidate parts into one, apply topology optimization, produce lattice and mesh structures and reduce support material to a minimum. Learn more and sign up for this course.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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