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Design for Additive Manufacturing with Metals

Learn key foundational knowledge to design for Additive Manufacturing (AM) with metals.

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This self-study course is designed to be taken at your convenience and on your own schedule. You have 180 days to finish the course from the time of purchase.


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Learn more about our for Additive Manufacturing with Metals Learning Path.

ASME’s Design for Additive Manufacturing with Metals for Engineers (DfAM) course is one of the first commercially available Additive Manufacturing e-learning solutions dedicated specifically to designing metal parts for production/manufacturing. The course provides the key foundational knowledge to properly evaluate Additive Manufacturing (AM) as a potentially viable technology solution coupled with the in-depth technical knowledge necessary to efficiently shepherd AM parts from design, through post-processing and eventually into the market through three use cases: replication, adaptation, and optimization.

Importantly, this course was developed in a collaboration between ASME and industry-renowned Additive Manufacturing expert Dr. Timothy W. Simpson. Tim Simpson is a Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University in the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering department, as well as Co-Director of Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP 3D) Laboratory, which is a leader in additive manufacturing applied research and technology education.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Design for additive manufacturing
  • Replicate Adapt Optimize™ methodology with AM parts
  • Processing & Post-processing
  • Business Considerations
  • Preparing for Build
  • Advanced Manufacturing Flight Check™

A certificate of completion with 1 CEU (10 PDHs) will be issued to registrants who successfully complete the course.

You Will Learn To

  • Leverage Replicate Adapt Optimize™ Methodology
  • Adopt the Iterative Loop to determine the most effective AM workflow for your situation and goals based on the case (replicate, adapt, or optimize)
  • Incorporate the Triple Ps of AM design: Product, Process, and Business Case Plan
  • Execute a final Advanced Manufacturing Flight Check™ validation of a design before final build utilizing a simulated checklist


Additional possibilities

  • Customize the design for additive manufacturing workflow to best design a part
  • Make a business case for the use of additive manufacturing for a specific application
  • Set expectations regarding additive manufacturing possibilities
  • Estimate the cost to fabricate and finish a part
  • Recognize the impact of design engineers in this field on everything from individual part performance to general innovation, to overall profitability.


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Who Should Attend
Engineering teams at design and manufacturing firms, as well as individuals.
This course was designed for early to mid-career engineers, including design engineers, materials engineers, manufacturing engineers, and others with an interest in design for additive manufacturing with metals.

Course participants are expected to:

  • Be familiar with and have access to CAD and know how to use it
  • Have some awareness of analysis tools (i.e., FEA, CFD, GD&T methods)
  • Be familiar with traditional manufacturing processes (i.e., machining/milling, casting, forging)
  • Have basic knowledge of engineering and intellectual property ethics, such as ASME’s Code of Ethics of Engineers
  • Ideally, have some experience with 3D printing - plastics/polymers (however, this is not required)
  • Ideally, have access to a 3D metal printer (however, this is not required)
  • Ideally, have access to a 3D metal printer (however, this is not required)
Included in these bundles
Design for Additive Manufacturing with Metals Professional Package
Design for Additive Manufacturing with Metals, Additive Manufacturing Manufacturability: Laser Powder Bed Fusion, Design for Additive Manufacturing with Metals Case Studies Package
Price if purchased separately: $425
You save: $130
List Price: $295
Course Developer

Timothy W. Simpson, Ph.D.

Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing

Timothy W. Simpson, Ph.D., is the Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing Engineering at Pennsylvania State University.

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