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Design for Metal Additive Manufacturing

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Fee: €250 1-day course including course manual,  lunch, and refreshments.

Times: 10 am – 4 pm

To obtain the greatest benefits from additive manufacturing, products have to be designed considering new principles, materials and digital tools.

There are inherently more issues to address with metal printed components, and the costs of getting it wrong are significantly higher than with a polymer so this is a focus of the course.

This course covers the fundamentals of designing a component to take advantage of the additive process, and this will be appropriate for people who are printing plastics, composites or metals, for full manufacturing or simply creating prototypes.

By attending this concise training course you will gain an understanding of how to design metal parts for additive manufacturing – improving product performance, avoiding common failures and considering costs.

Training Topics Covered.


  • The Business Case for Additive Manufacturing (AM)
  • When to use AM and Why

Design for AM Fundamentals

•Basic Principles
•System Design Philosophy
•Consequences of Features
•Importance of Build Direction
•Cost Considerations

Geometry Design Boundaries & Freedoms
•New Design Rules
•Generating Efficiency in Design

Materials, Technologies & Post-Processing
•Types of Materials & Uses
•AM Technology Choices – Benefits & Issues
•Finishing Considerations, including Machining, Welding & Coatings

Digital Tools
•Benefits & Costs
•Topology Optimisation
•Lattice Generation
•Support Creation
•Nesting Analysis
•Build Simulation

Case Studies
•Structurally Optimised Examples
•Thermally Optimised Examples

Wrap Up
•Final Questions
•Further Learning

Please note that this agenda may be modified to suit the audience.

Who should attend?

Designers, engineers, and managers considering AM for new products or transforming existing products manufactured by alternative processes.

Each trainee will receive a copy of the training manual and notes, along with a certificate of course completion.

Training provider: Wilde Analysis 

About the Trainer: Adam Arnold

Adam Arnold spent his early career at Ipeco, a Tier 1 supplier to Boeing and Airbus, creating groundbreaking light weight flow heating solutions for the 787, A350 and A380. After a short spell at a design consultancy, where he was part of a team who were awarded a number of patents for work on a subsea optical fibre product, he spent 5 years at the international defence company Cobham working as a senior engineer on special projects in the radar and antenna division, coordinating with RF specialists across numerous sites. 

Adam’s background is developing products to the most arduous specifications and environments for land, air, sea and space applications. This has given him a firm understanding of the principles of structural, thermal and fluid dynamics and how to best apply them to cutting-edge product design.

 In 2014 Adam embarked on starting up one of the first design consultancies dedicated to additive-manufactured components for advanced industries, combining cutting-edge software, additive manufacturing design knowledge and an innovative approach to solving challenging problems.

 Adam continues to lead his company dedicated to exploring and exploiting the new design boundaries that additive manufacturing allows, utilising exotic materials and a raft of printing technologies to push the performance limits of printed products within the defence, aerospace and space industries.

7  Centre  Court, Blyry Business and Commercial Park, Athlone.

Protection for Enrolled Learners Policy

Safety Shoes –Not Required on this course


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