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Modular design of a further education structure in the field of Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is becoming increasingly important in industry: growth rates of up to 20% per year highlight the enormous potential of the technology, which is competing with conventional manufacturing techniques in more and more applications.

Significantly faster implementation times and enormous freedom in design are the main advantages.

To make Additive Manufacturing an integral part of industrial manufacturing and to lead it into new industries for application, the network Mobility goes Additive was founded in 2016.

This international network now includes more than 130 companies and tackles challenges in order to give 3D printing a boost in the industry sector.

One of the greater challenges is the education and training of the workforce. Machine operators must learn how to handle the printers’ special features for producing components that meet the high requirements.

Designers should learn to consider the additional benefits of additive manufacturing as early as in the development process to promote the technology out of the niche of spare parts business or the reworking of existing components.

For this purpose, numerous market participants offer further education and training on various topics.

The search for appropriate offers is time-consuming and the offers are difficult or even impossible to compare. This is due on the one hand to often superficial descriptions of the training content, and on the other hand to the high degree of individuality of the offerings, which are to be developed for customers depending on their needs and prior knowledge.

MGA has recognized these issues and wants to help make the training landscape more transparent. This will support companies, venturing into the field of additive manufacturing, get started and provide guidance in choosing appropriate training.

Based on this motivation, the networks working group “Education” has developed a modular training system that is designed to meet the different requirements of workplaces.

The system defines content and competencies that are required when dealing with additive manufacturing in specific professions and thus provides a reference point for better comparability of training offers. At the same time, it must be kept general enough to give training providers freedom in designing courses to take account of specific customer requirements.

The concept was developed based on the experience of various industry participants from all parts of the process chain, together with training providers and certification bodies. It is basically based on the process diagram of DIN Spec 17071.