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Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing: Costs Structures and Benefits

Discover the applications and potential of metal additive manufacturing when used with other technologies in the process chain.

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Additive manufacturing enables manufacturing of more efficient structures

Learn how additive manufacturing and 3D printing could benefit your organisation

This short course will develop your understanding of the cost structure and benefits of additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printers, as well as the competitive business advantages additive manufacturing can provide.

Discover the business benefits of metal additive manufacturing

When additive manufacturing is used in sync with other technologies within the process chain, the time and cost of product development can be significantly lessened.

On this course, you’ll learn how additive manufacturing parts are lighter by default, can be tailored for extraordinary performance and aesthetic appeal, and can be manufactured locally and on-demand.

You’ll explore how this impacts the cost structure of AM and how companies using AM also benefit from savings in storage space and added value from fast delivery times of their products.

Explore owning vs. subcontracting metal additive 3D printers

As you get to grips with the direct and indirect costs of additive manufacturing, you’ll consider the business costs of 3D printing and the benefits of owning a metal additive manufacturing printer in production compared to subcontracting one.

You’ll also learn how cost structure and supply chain in additive manufacturing differs from conventional production.

Understand the opportunities of digital manufacturing technology

Alongside experts at LUT University and EIT RawMaterials, you’ll develop your understanding of the economic feasibility and potential of additive manufacturing in business today.

By the end of the course, you’ll be well-versed in how additive manufacturing could benefit your company and the business implications of owning metal additive 3D printers.

What topics will you cover?

  • Metal additive manufacturing methods and associated expenses
  • Feasibility of owning a metal additive manufacturing printer in production vs. subcontracting
  • Direct and indirect costs of additive manufacturing
  • Economic feasibility of additive manufacturing and opportunities for digitalisation of manufacturing

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Assess the economic implications of 3D printing
  • Evaluate the possibilities of additive manufacturing and its impact on start-ups
  • Describe how cost structure and supply chain in additive manufacturing differ from those of conventional production
  • Explain different ways to gain competitive advantage with additive manufacturing

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for decision-makers, designers, engineers, educators and business professionals who wish to expand their knowledge about the applications of additive manufacturing and the business implications and benefits of metal 3D printers.

Who will you learn with?

I am a post-doc researcher at the Laser Processing & Additive Manufacturing group of Mechanical Engineering department of LUT University and I am working with AM of metals and process monitoring.

I am a project researcher at the Laser Processing & Additive Manufacturing group of Mechanical Engineering department of LUT University. I have 12 years’ experience in laser processing and AM.

I am the Head of Laser Laboratory at LUT University. I have a 10 year academic in career in the field of strength of materials. Last 15 years I have worked with Laser processes and AM.

I am a professor at the School of Energy Systems at LUT University, I am leading R&D group of Laser & AM. I have over 19 years of experience in additive manufacturing of metallic materials.

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.

LUT University

LUT University is a pioneering university in Finland, bringing together the fields of science and business since 1969. LUT is outstanding in successfully integrating expertise in technology and economics. We produce problem solvers and provide solutions to global environmental and economic challenges. We focus our R&D on demanding topical issues such as mitigation of climate change, sustainability of clean water and energy, industrial transition & IoT and the circular economy.

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