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Additive Manufacturing for Innovative Design and Production

Additive Manufacturing for Innovative Design and Production


[MUSIC PLAYING] For more than a century,
the products we design have been constrained by the
capabilities of processes such as machining,
molding, and casting. And the economics
of manufacturing have been limited by
the need to invest in fixed tooling and equipment. Additive manufacturing
fundamentally changes that by letting
us create objects on demand using digital data. That lets us re-imagine
how we design products and how we define
their performance, can make factories
more efficient, and reduces our time to market. As a result, we consider
additive manufacturing to be a cornerstone of the
next Industrial Revolution. With additive, it’s really about
expanding that design space. It promises to change the
traditional paradigms of how we approach creating something. Now, we’ve been using many of
today’s additive manufacturing processes for over 20
years, mainly for advanced prototyping, but only recently
are we turning the corner toward mass production. This has implications for
nearly every industry, from lightweight strong
metal parts, for aerospace and automotive applications,
to customized medical devices and consumer goods. If you look at orthopedic
implants like this one, they are relying on
bone to actually grow into the surface of the device. And with additive
manufacturing, you can fine-tune the
bladder structures so that it’s more
conducive to bone ingrowth. We can really customize
stuff for end users, which allows for
a lot of freedom when designing those objects. If you can imagine
it, you can print it. It really opens up the
door to new possibilities that we haven’t been
able to leverage before. In this course, we’ll address
the fundamentals, applications, and implications of
additive manufacturing. You’ll walk away with an
in-depth understanding of the technology and
why, when, and how use it. We dive deep into how to design
for additive manufacturing, including both
engineering principles and the digital workflow. You then apply what you’ve
learned to an in-depth case study, where you can
choose from a library, either on design or
strategy and operations. And you’ll have the opportunity
to use cloud-based CAD and computation tools that
we’ve built into the course. Additive it is going to
change the way engineers think about their jobs. It’s going to change the way we
think about production systems and engineering in general. We cover a lot of
ground in this course and seek the balance
breadth and depth. Now the eventual implications
of additive manufacturing for design and production
are far-reaching and probably beyond our current imagination. But it’s still early, so now
is the time to get started. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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