Integrating Additive Manufacturing with Traditional Manufacturing

Course Description

Integrating Additive Manufacturing with Traditional Manufacturing discusses the factors manufacturers should consider when adding an additive manufacturing (AM) component to a traditional manufacturing operation, including cost, logistics, and best uses of AM with traditional manufacturing, among other concerns. Originally used for prototyping, AM has increasingly found more roles in traditional manufacturing processes, such as creating tooling or end-use parts. However, because the procedures and tools are so different, combining the two kinds of manufacturing requires considerable adjustments.

Logistical concerns of integrating AM with traditional manufacturing include purchasing the correct machines and updating safety protocols. Design concerns involve upskilling engineers so that they can take full advantage of AM capabilities.

Course ID: MFG 2016P
Course Format: Online

Available Online Sections

Access Begins Access Ends Registration Deadline Format Cost CRN
Section Details Oct 1, 2017 Jun 19, 2018 Jun 12, 2018 Online $150 17851

Who Should Attend

Managers with new responsibilities or/new managers and those ready to move into a management role. (Managers, Supervisors, Operations Managers, Plant Managers, Plant Engineers)

How You Will Benefit

  • Delineate the difference between traditional and additivite manufacturing operations.
  • Describe various additive manufacturing processes.
  • Explain the considerations of combining traditional and additive manufacturing.
  • Variation between AM production and manufacturing costs.
  • Explain how AM affects product development and production.
  • List the important AM tools and AM materials.
  • Explain important considerations for upskilling engineers and operators for AM processes.
  • Describe AM production considerations related to part orientation and support structures, thermal distoration, and post-processing.
  • List general AM safety considerations.
  • Describe AM rapid prototyping and how it can be used in traditional manufacturing operations.
  • Explain using AM as a secondary process.
  • List the use of AM in creating industrial tooling.
  • Describe end-use AM and AM mass customization.


  • Traditional Manufacturing Operations
  • Additive Manufacturing Operations
  • Additive Manufacturing Processes
  • AM Basics Review
  • Combining Traditional and Additive Manufacturing
  • Economics of AM: Production Costs
  • Economics of AM: Manufacturing System Costs
  • Product Development and Production
  • Economics of AM Review
  • AM Tools and Material
  • Upskilling Engineers and Operators
  • AM Production Considerations: Part Orientation and Support Structures
  • AM Production Considerations: Thermal Distortion
  • AM Production Considerations: Post-Processing
  • AM Safety
  • AM Production Considerations Review
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • AM as a Secondary Process
  • Creating Tools with AM
  • Supportive AM Review
  • End-Use AM
  • Mass Customization
  • Integrating Mass Customization
  • Part Integration
  • Hybrid Manufacturing


Required - Student Must Provide

  • Computer with one of the follow system components:
    • Windows Computer
      • Operating system is Windows 2000, XP Professional with Service Pack 2 or higher, and or Windows Vista Home Edition and higher.
      • To access video content make sure you have Windows Silver Light 4 and Windows Media Player 9 and higher.
      • Ensure you have administrative access or a local System Administrator available if the above requirements are not installed.
    • Macintosh Computers
      • Operating system is Mac OS X version 10.3.9 and higher.
      • To access web content make sure you have Safari 5 or Mozilla Firefox 3.6 and higher.
      • To access video content make sure you have Windows Silver Light 4 and Flip4Mac 2 and higher.
      • Ensure you have Administrative access or a local System Administrator available if the above requirements are not installed.

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Tim Israel

Technology Requirements

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