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Integrating Additive Manufacturing With Traditional Manufacturing

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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.

What You Will Learn

  • Additive manufacturing processes
  • How to combine traditional and additive manufacturing
  • The variation between AM production and manufacturing costs
  • How AM affects product development and production
  • The important AM tools and AM materials
  • General AM safety considerations
  • AM rapid prototyping and how it can be used in traditional manufacturing operations
  • How to use AM as a secondary process
  • The use of AM in creating industrial tooling
  • How to integrate AM mass customization with a traditional manufacturing operation

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand how to take full advantage of AM as a tool to augment a traditional manufacturing operation.
  • Describe end-use AM and AM mass customization.
  • Explain hybrid manufacturing processes.
  • Describe AM production considerations related to part orientation and support structures, thermal distoration, and post-processing.
  • Learn how to upskill engineers and operators for AM processes.
  • Describe AM part integration and how it relates to combining AM and traditional manufacturing.

Who should attend

This course is designed for managers, supervisors, operations managers, plant managers, and plant engineers with new responsibilities or new managers and those ready to move into a management role.


Timothy Israel is group manager for Lean Enterprise and Quality Services at the Georgia Institute of Technology Enterprise Innovation Institute. He and his 15-person staff work with companies and organizations to reduce waste and improve manufacturing operations by implementing continuous improve...
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