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Candidate Part Selection - Economic Feasibility

Explore the economic viability and impact that additive has on manufacturing and leverage the additive manufacturing value levers.

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This ASME Candidate Part Selection - Economic Feasibility course is interactive and e-Learning. It helps engineers and managers explore the economic viability and impact that additive has on manufacturing by using the value levers available through additive manufacturing.
 
This includes the impact that AM value levers can have on part cost, performance, and business operations — identifying when AM is a suitable process to consider and when it is not, based on the stage of AM maturity on the Replicate-Adapt-Optimize methodology, and understanding the direct and secondary cost considerations of using and adopting additive within your organization.
 
This course was developed in a collaboration between ASME and Matt Burris, an entrepreneurial engineer who is known for operating at the intersection of business and engineering, finding practical solutions, new product innovations, and business models that create substantial value. As the founder of MatterFab, he led a technical team that designed and built a laser diode-based, affordable metal additive manufacturing system, raising nearly $10M from General Electric, Autodesk, private equity, and other investors.
 
Topics covered in this course include:

  • Additive Manufacturing in a Business Context
  • The Current and Future Landscape of AM in Business
  • Economic Considerations in AM Part Selection
  • AM Journey - Replicate Adapt Optimize™ Methodology & Value Levers
  • Machine, Design and Material Factors in AM Economics
  • AM Costs and Value

By participating in this course, you will learn how to successfully:

  • Correlate case studies with the current and future landscape of AM.
  • Identify challenges in AM and how they can be mitigated or curtailed.
  • Calculate the economic impact of applying additive manufacturing.
  • Determine design approaches that are likely to deliver the most value.

Who should attend?

  • Mechanical engineering managers and engineers with an interest in design for additive manufacturing with metals.
  • Engineering teams at design and manufacturing firms, as well as individuals.

 Course participants are expected to:

  • Have some awareness of analysis tools (i.e., FEA, CFD, and GD&T methods).
  • Be familiar with traditional manufacturing processes (i.e., machining/milling, casting, and forging).
  • Have basic knowledge of engineering and intellectual property ethics, such as the ASME Code of Ethics of Engineers.
  • Ideally, have some experience with 3D printing and plastics/polymers (not required).

 This is an interactive e-Learning course with which engineers and managers can calculate the ways metal AM and design approaches add value. 
A certificate of completion with 0.4 CEU (4 PDHs) will be issued to registrants who successfully complete the course.

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Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction and AM in a Business Context
 
Lesson 1: Introduction

  • Course Introduction
  • Course Orientation and Tips
  • Course Outcomes

Lesson 2: AM in a Business Context

  • Review of Production with AM
  • Joining materials from a 3D model data layer-by-layer
  • Types of AM

Module 2: The Current and Future Landscape of AM in Business
 
Lesson 3: Economic Considerations in AM Part Selection

  • Economic Part Selection Factors
  • AM Journey - Replicate Adapt Optimize™ Methodology & Value Levers
  • An Industry in its Infancy

Lesson 4: Machine Factors in AM Economics

  • Machine Operations and Overhead
  • Machine Operations Costs
  • Build Volume & Packing Density
  • Process Challenges
  • Post-Processing

Lesson 5: Material Factors in AM Economics

  • Material Selection and Costs
  • Material Usage Rates and Scrap
  • Material Life and Recycling

Lesson 6: Design Factors in AM Economics

  • Design Impact on Printing Time
  • Design Impact on Post Processing and Failure Rates
  • Design Value Add

Module 3: AM Costs and Value
 
Lesson 7: The Unit Economics of AM

  • Example Unit Economics of Laser Powder Bed Fusion
  • Unit Economics and Design Impact
  • Part Cost Calculus
  • Other Cost Factors

Lesson 8: Finding AM Value

  • AM Value Levers
  • Replicate Adapt Optimize™ Methodology and Value Levers
  • AM Journey Framework

Module 4: Case Study - GE LEAP Fuel Nozzle

Lesson 9: GE LEAP Fuel Nozzle

  • GE Collaboration with Morris Technologies on LEAP Nozzle
  • Benefits - Economic Impact
  • Value Levers Used

Lesson 10: Final Exam
 
 
 

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