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Protolabs, Wohlers partner on Design for Additive Manufacturing course

By DE Staff   

Additive Manufacturing

DfAM event in-line with digital manufacturer's initiatives with GE Additive and MIT to advance 3D printing.

Terry Wohlers, principle consultant and president of Wohlers Associates.

Protolabs is partnering with AM consultants Wohlers Associates to develop a design for additive manufacturing course to help engineers and designers develop practical methods and strategies to get the most from different 3D printing technologies.

The invitation-only course titled Designing for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) takes place over three days near Raleigh, North Carolina, concluding at Protolabs’ 77,000-sq.-ft. 3D printing facility Leading the discussion are Olaf Diegel, associate consultant at Wohlers Associates, along with Terry Wohlers, principle consultant and company president. Diegel also serves as head of the Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab at the University of Auckland. Joining Wohlers and Diegel are a number of AM engineers from Protolabs, with expertise in both polymer and metal 3D printing technologies.

“Designing for AM offers unique challenges and opportunities not found in traditional design methods,” said Wohlers. “Protolabs brings tremendous depth of expertise and leadership in 3D printing. We’re thrilled to work together to equip attendees with technical skills and manufacturing knowledge needed to unlock the full potential of additive manufacturing.”

According to Protolabs, the course is another step towards its larger goal of advancing industrial 3D printing in the manufacturing industry. Last year the company joined GE Additive’s Manufacturing Partner Network and later became a founding member of MIT’s Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies (ADAPT)—a consortium focused on scaling new manufacturing technology through research, education, actionable insights, and an MIT-based ecosystem that pairs industry and academia.


“Additive manufacturing has moved well beyond this worn-out notion that it has to prove its worth—we’ve seen first-hand its maturation over the years and have literally 3D printed millions of parts during that time,” said Protolabs’ President and CEO, Vicki Holt. “We know it’s an extremely valuable prototyping tool but it has now made significant strides in materials and technology where production is its logical next phase. Collaborating with the world’s leading additive experts—and those who look to leverage that technology to its fullest—will serve to proliferate the education and adoption of 3D printing.”


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