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Lead Instructor(s)
Jul 12 - 16, 2021
Registration Deadline
Live Virtual
Course Length
5 Days
Course Fee
3.3 CEUs
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Fuel your organization’s ability to produce large volumes of highly integrated, complex, customized products by leveraging intelligent design and manufacturing strategies powered by the latest in artificial intelligence. In this highly interactive course, you’ll join a group of accomplished global peers to explore the latest smart manufacturing strategies and hardware, acquire customizable design templates, and participate in virtual product testing. 

Course Overview

This course may be taken individually or as part of the Professional Certificate Program in Design & Manufacturing or the Professional Certificate Program in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence.

Over the next few decades, industries around the world will transition to a new economy in which highly complex, customizable products will be manufactured on-demand using intelligent manufacturing systems. In a number of fields, this change is already underway—for example, additive manufacturing is revolutionizing the production of consumer, aerospace, automotive, and medical parts. To stay ahead, professionals need a thorough understanding of the AI-powered strategies and tools that are enabling these rapid advancements—and a plan for implementing them in their own organizations.

This course provides an introduction to developing end-to-end AI-based design and manufacturing workflows. Over the course of five days, you will explore how AI methods are advancing digital manufacturing and the entire design ecosystem. In this course, you will also:

  • Explore performance-driven and generative design workflows that automatically translate functional specifications of objects to manufacturable designs
  • Discover AI/machine learning methods that enable design automation and customization
  • Learn how AI methods can be used in a manufacturing workflow for process optimization and control

Participant Takeaways

  • Learn how to develop an intelligent design and manufacturing workflow.
  • Recognize the capabilities and limitations of current advanced manufacturing hardware.
  • Enhance your ability to use AI tools for optimizing manufacturing processes and workflow designs. 
  • Increase your understanding of geometric representations for digital manufacturing.
  • Explore how to automatically mass-customize designs.
  • Learn how to predict design performance using virtual testing, numerical simulation, and AI methods.
  • Delve into performance-driven design workflow, as well as principles of generative and inverse design.
  • Design objects using topology optimization methods.
  • Acquire experience designing and optimizing objects across multiple domains.
  • Design and build a data-driven (machine learning) model.
  • Master principles of numerical optimization techniques.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers, designers, product managers, marketing directors, scientists and educators in industries that are involved in translating concepts to physical objects/products. Relevant areas include consumer products, medical devices, textile, packaging, electronics, automotive, aerospace, and defense.


Laptops or tablets with Windows and with which you have administrator privileges are required for this course.

Program Outline

Day 1
Morning: 9 am – 12 pm

  • Computational design and manufacturing workflow
  • Overview of advanced manufacturing processes
  • Digital design representations 

Afternoon: 1 pm – 5 pm

  • From geometry to hardware abstraction languages
  • Lab 1: Designing and printing models using a virtualized 3D printer
  • Customizable designs using parametric modelling

Day 2
Morning: 9 am – 12 pm

  • Advanced design customization: procedural modeling and geometric deformation methods
  • Lab 2: Designing customizable models for additive manufacturing

Afternoon: 1 pm – 5 pm

  • Predicting design performance using simulation methods
  • Lab 3: Predicting design performance for additive manufacturing
  • Inverse methods and performance-driven design

Day 3
Morning: 9 am – 12 pm

  • Introduction to optimization
  • Topology optimization
  • Lab 4: Design for AM using topology optimization

Afternoon: 1 pm – 5 pm

  • Optimizing design for multiple objectives
  • Interactive design applications
  • Optimizing designs across multiple domains 

Day 4
Morning: 9 am – 12 pm

  • Introduction to AI and machine learning
  • Symbolic AI methods for computational design
  • Machine learning methods (including neural networks)

Afternoon: 1 pm – 5 pm

  • Lab 5: Designing and building a machine learning model 
  • Advanced AI tools for design customization (deep neural networks, convolutional neural networks)
  • Lab 6: Advanced AI methods for design customization

Day 5
Morning: 9 am – 12 pm

  • AI methods for representing design spaces (generative models, autoencoders, GANs)
  • Automated discovery of optimal designs
  • Intelligent manufacturing systems

Afternoon: 1 pm – 5 pm

  • Advanced AI tools for manufacturing process optimization (Bayesian optimization)
  • Lab 7: Process optimization using Bayesian optimization
  • Course review: developing an intelligent computational design and manufacturing workflow

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The type of content you will learn in this course, whether it's a foundational understanding of the subject, the hottest trends and developments in the field, or suggested practical applications for industry.

Fundamentals: Core Concepts, understandings, and tools - 30%|Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends - 40%|Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world - 30%
Delivery Methods

How the course is taught, from traditional classroom lectures and riveting discussions to group projects to engaging and interactive simulations and exercises with your peers.

Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format - 45%|Discussion or Groupwork: Participatory learning - 25%|Labs: Demonstrations, experiments, simulations - 30%

What level of expertise and familiarity the material in this course assumes you have. The greater the amount of introductory material taught in the course, the less you will need to be familiar with when you attend.

Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience - 40%|Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field - 40%|Advanced: In-depth explorations at the graduate level - 20%
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