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Business Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing

Discover how business is enhanced and created with additive manufacturing and find out how it works in a real-life situation.

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    3 hours
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Explore the business case for additive manufacturing

The rapid evolution of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has created a multitude of opportunities across industries. It has extended far beyond its traditional use to have an impact on how companies operate, create value for their customers, and boost profits.

On this three-week course, you’ll examine the business case for additive manufacturing (AM) alongside experts at EIT RawMaterials.

You’ll discover how and when additive manufacturing can be profitably used in industrial applications and how it affects companies’ business models.

Discover a strategic framework to implement additive manufacturing

As you explore the current AM landscape, you’ll discover the key financial advantages of additive manufacturing. You’ll then examine the practical process and strategic frameworks for implementing AM.

This will give you a clear overview of how existing business can be enhanced, and how new business can be created using AM as supporting technology.

Learn how to prepare a business model canvas

You’ll learn how to create, prepare, and apply a business model canvas to a real-life case study before getting the opportunity to practice pitching your AM business case to others.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to confidently make the business case for the use of additive manufacturing.


  • Week 1

    Reasons to use additive manufacturing for building your business model

    • Introduction

      Introduction to the course, meeting the team.

    • Using additive manufacturing.

      Benfits and restrictions of additive manufacturing.

    • Business models of additive manufacturing

      What type of new business models additive manufacturing is enabling?

    • Introducing our case company

      We introduce our case Company, Hovering Solutions

    • Weekly wrap

      Checking your understanding and few words about next week.

  • Week 2

    Using business model canvas

    • Overview of the week.

      Remind yourself of what we learned last week and learn the basics of creating your own business model canvas.

    • Building business model canvas

      Introducing business model canvas and it's building blocks.

    • Practice creating Business model canvas

      Now you know what Business model canvas is. It's time to put this knowledge to use.

    • Weekly wrap

      Look back at what we learned this week and see what's in store for next week.

  • Week 3

    Presenting your business model

    • Overview of the week

      Remind yourself of what we learned last two weeks and practice pitching your business ideas to others.

    • What is good presentation?

      You will learn what is a good presentation and discuss about it with others.

    • Practice for real

      Now is time for practice pitching ideas for real!

    • Course wrap

      Look back at what you learned in the course while we offer recommendations on how to continue.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore how additive manufacturing can be used to improve business
  • Improve your understanding business models of AM
  • Apply the AM business model to a real-life case
  • Explain your business ideas to others
  • Engage with other professionals and entrepreneurs

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those who want to learn more about additive manufacturing.

You could be a professional already familiar with additive manufacturing and looking to understand how it can be used to enhance or create business for your company. The course will also benefit entrepreneurs looking to enter the additive manufacturing market.

Who will you learn with?

Jouni Partanen is Professor of Advanced Production on Technologies in Aalto University, Finland. He has a PhD degree in Physics and 15 years of industrial experience in 3D Printing technologies.

Interested in Additive Manufacturing technologies, new materials, and safety issues of AM. Currently working as a researcher and doctoral candidate in Aalto University.

Graduated as an Industial Electronics and Automation engineer from Madrid Technical University. Currently working for Hovering Solutions as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle design engineer.

Sergei Chekurov (DSc.) defended his thesis on the industrial opportunities of additive manufacturing in 2019 and continues to research the effect of AM on value creation systems at Aalto University.

Who developed the course?

EIT RawMaterials

Initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union, EIT RawMaterials is the largest European raw materials partnership.

Aalto University

Aalto University is located in Espoo, Finland. The university is composed of six schools (four technical schools, school of business, and school of arts, design and architecture) with over 11,000 students, 4400 staff, and close to 400 professors.

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We build a sustainable future by creating novel solutions to major global challenges. We value responsibility, courage, and collaboration.

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Discover the potential of additive manufacturing for business opportunities, sustainability, process optimisation, and more.

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