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Course Length
5 Days
Course Fee
3.5 CEUs
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Become an expert in additive manufacturing (AM) of metals and advanced materials in this comprehensive five-day live-virtual course. You’ll learn the in-depth fundamentals of cutting-edge AM processes and materials; explore AM across the product life-cycle, from concept realization to service part fulfillment; and grasp the complete workflow necessary to implement AM at scale. The course is taught by MIT faculty and supported by industry leaders, who present a thorough understanding of AM and an actionable vision of its future.

Course Overview

This course may be taken individually or as part of the Professional Certificate Program in Innovation & Technology or the Professional Certificate Program in Design & Manufacturing.

The implications of additive manufacturing (AM) span the complete product life-cycle, from concept-stage design to service part fulfillment. Recent advances, including industrially viable high-speed AM processes, improved materials, and optimization software, now enable AM to be considered hand-in-hand with conventional production technologies. Moreover, the unprecedented design flexibility of AM allows us to invent products with new levels of performance, and to envision digitally-driven manufacturing systems that achieve rapid, responsive production with reduced cost and risk.

This fast-paced five-day course provides learners with a comprehensive understanding of AM technology, its applications, and its implications both now and in the future. The course includes:

  • Technically rich lectures encompassing: fundamentals of metal AM processes, material properties, design methods, post-processing, metrology and qualification, cost and value analysis, and application development. Complementary to the central focus on metal AM, a secondary emphasis will be on methods for high-performance polymers, composites, and ceramics.
  • Hands-on lab activities including part investigation (participants will receive a kit of components and design artifacts before the course), exercises with advanced AM design and build preparation software, and live remote machine and process demonstrations.
  • An interactive case study which deploys quantitative analysis tools discussed in lecture to solve a real or imagined technical or business challenge.
  • A multidisciplinary team of speakers including MIT faculty, industry experts, and special guests.
  • Structured networking activities at several points throughout the week.

The curriculum suits both beginners and experts in metal AM, and balances breadth and depth. The content is well-suited as an advanced course for those who have already completed the MIT xPro course “Additive Manufacturing for Innovative Design and Production”. Eager individuals whave not completed this MIT xPro course, nor have introductory knowledge of AM, are still encouraged to enroll. If you have questions, or would like to understand how this course might suit your interests or background, please contact Prof. John Hart ( or Haden Quinlan (

Participant Takeaways

  • Understand the key drivers, status, and trajectory of AM, with a particular focus on technologies for metals, advanced polymers/composites, and ceramics.
  • Learn the in-depth fundamentals of the full spectrum of metal AM techniques including laser and electron-beam powder bed fusion, binder jetting, directed energy deposition, and ultrasonic/frictional consolidation.
  • Realize applications of metal AM from a variety of industries (e.g., aerospace, energy, medical, automotive tooling, consumer products) across the product life-cycle, and map application development to technology selection, business justification, and certification.
  • Become familiar with the complete workflow of AM, including computational design and simulation, build preparation and toolpath planning, metrology, and advanced materials characterization.
  • Understand methods for material qualification and characterization through the workflow of metal AM, starting with the feedstock and ending with the finished part.
  • Understand key design rules and methods for parts made by metal AM, and compare and contrast AM processes with conventional manufacturing methods such as machining and casting in terms of rate, quality, cost, and flexibility.
  • Gain hands-on experience with design and build preparation software for metal AM; examine sample components a variety of AM machines; and experience technologies through live-virtual machine demonstrations and factory tours.
  • Learn and practice cost and value analysis for AM, with application to specific case studies.
  • Formulate an understanding of how the industrialization of metal AM will influence supply chains for major industries, and learn key principles for strategic implementation and organizational development of AM.
  • Place AM in the context of the evolving manufacturing infrastructure, including advances in robotics, software, logistics, and digitization of data.

Who Should Attend

This course will be useful to design engineers, manufacturing engineers, product designers, research engineers, research scientists, managers, VPs of product development and manufacturing, and technology and innovation strategists, from industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical devices, electronics, consumer products, energy, and robotics. The course material is accessible for those new to AM, yet highly comprehensive and valuable for those who already have significant experience with AM.


A laptop or desktop computer is required for this course. A tablet may be used to view the live virtual lectures, but the design software is not fully tablet-compatible.

Program Outline

The nominal meeting hours for the live-virtual class will be Monday-Thursday 8:30am-5pm and Friday 8:30am-2pm US Eastern Time, with a break from 12-1 pm each day except Friday. A more flexible schedule will be possible for overseas participants in widely different time zones, and will be detailed based on the registration, 1-2 weeks in advance of the course. For instance, participants in Europe may choose to complete lab and case-study group work. MIT course staff will be available at all hours for live guidance and discussion.

Day 1

  • AM technology, markets, and emerging trends
  • Application landscape and value propositions
  • Discussion of course schedule and expectations
  • Design principles and digital workflow
  • Cost and value analysis
  • Participant introductions and networking
  • Design/strategy case study (group work, part I)

Day 2

  • In-depth process fundamentals: laser and electron-beam melting, binder jetting
  • Live process demonstrations
  • Post-processing: heat treatment and sintering
  • Microstructure, mechanical properties, and characterization
  • Lab: generative design I
  • Design/strategy case study (part II)

Day 3

  • In-depth process fundamentals: directed energy deposition, ultrasonic consolidation
  • Live process demonstrations
  • AM build simulation methods and tools
  • In situ sensing and metrology
  • Post-processing: surface treatment and machining
  • Lab: generative design II
  • Lab: build preparation

Day 4

  • Qualification and certification
  • Computational alloy design
  • Emerging materials: lightweight, refractory alloys, magnetic materials
  • AM factory design and modeling
  • Industry guest speakers
  • Design/strategy case study (part III)

Day 5

  • Next-generation machine and process technology 
  • Group case study presentations
  • The digital thread in AM: opportunities, building blocks, and challenges
  • Wrap-up and final networking session


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"We are creating an additive manufacturing plan for the future and the material learned in this course will be invaluable for this exercise."
Ceramic Engineer, Defense Industry
"The professor gave an excellent review of all these complex subject matters in a short time. He was able to tailor it for the novice as well as for experts in various subject areas."
Independent Management Consultant
"Rich content and great delivery."
Head of Innovation, Advanced Materials Industry
"I got an excellent understanding of the scope and state-of-the-art for AM, covering the full range of materials and mega to nano applications."
President, Technical Consulting Firm
"I feel like an expert now."
Business Innovation Manager, Medical Device Industry
"If you want to get up to speed on AM in just a week, I don't think there is a better way to do it."
Mechanical Engineering, Transportation Industry
"The course covered everything in explicit detail."
Mechanical Engineer, Energy Industry

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 - 40%|Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends - 30%|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 traditional lecture format - 50%|Discussion or Group Work: Participatory learning - 25%|Labs: Demonstrations, experiments, simulations - 25%

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 - 35%|Specialized: Assumes experience in practice or field - 50%|Advanced: In-depth explorations at the graduate level - 15%
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