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Additive Manufacturing in the Industry: Impact on Sustainability

Gain industry-specific knowledge on additive manufacturing and how it can impact sustainability across many industry areas.

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    3 weeks
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Discover how different industries can benefit from additive manufacturing (AM)

Traditional subtractive manufacturing methods often limit the types of geometries that can be produced. Therefore, industries have favoured parts with simple geometries to keep their costs low.

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, can help overcome these barriers, providing a simple and cost-effective way to produce parts with specific characteristics, such as electrodes.

On this three-week course, you’ll explore AM-driven innovations to understand how businesses can profit from this method. You’ll identify how different industrial areas can implement AM in their process, and how this can impact sustainability.

Understand the Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) process

Additive manufacturing can produce products with a much higher degree of complexity by using DfAM – a design optimisation process.

You’ll learn how DfAM is used to maximise part functionality, reduce the cost and time of additive manufacturing, and drive sustainable changes in different industries.

You’ll also learn how to apply the DfAM methods depending on the requirements of the end application.

Separation and purification processes have generated interest in various industry fields, such as chemical and process engineering. You’ll explore the application of metal additive manufacturing in the industry for separation, purification, and hydraulic blocks.

You’ll also assess the benefits and limitations of AM in the chemical industry to broaden your understanding.

With a close look at the sustainability requirements, you’ll finish the course with the knowledge of how the use of AM impacts sustainability.


  • Week 1

    Metal AM and sustainability

    • Introduction

      Meet the educators and other students.

    • Metal AM and sustainability

      How can metal AM help to meet the challenges of coming days in a sustainable way?

    • Week 1 wrap-up

      Recap of this week material and see what is coming up next week.

  • Week 2

    AM in chemical industry

    • AM and Chemical Industry

      Learn how AM develops separation and water purification solutions.

    • Week 2 wrap-up

      Recap of this Week 2 material and see what is coming up next week.

  • Week 3

    Design for Additive Manufacturing

    • AM-enabled design

      Learn design for additive manufacture (DfAM) process.

    • Hydraulic manifolds

      Understand the benefits of redesign in the case of hydraulic manifolds.

    • Week 3 wrap up

      Recap of this Week 3 material and check out our other courses.

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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...

  • Identify how different industrial areas can implement AM in their processes
  • Assess benefits and limitations of AM in chemical industry
  • Apply Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) methods depending on the requirements of the end application
  • Evaluate industrial additive manufacturing capabilities related to sustainability of electrochemical methods

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone wishing to expand their knowledge about the applicability of additive manufacturing in different industries.

To understand the course content, you should have a basic knowledge of additive manufacturing.

Who will you learn with?

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 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 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.

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

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