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This highly interactive eLearning course will provide you with an insight of each of the seven AM process and their associated materials, helping you make an informed decision about whether AM can be adopted by your business

Estimated guided learning time: 30 minutes

Cost: FREE

This highly interactive eLearning course will provide you with an insight of each of the seven AM process and their associated materials, helping you make an informed decision about whether AM can be adopted by your business.

This eLearning course is split into 9 short manageable modules aimed at business leaders, decision makers and anyone with an interest in learning more about Additive Manufacturing.

Estimated guided learning time: 120 minutes

Price: £99.98 + VAT

This 3 day, hands-on practical course will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to exploit the design freedom of Additive Manufacturing and take a design from conception through to AM processing.

Target Audience: This 3 day practical course is aimed at Design Engineers who are interesting in adopting additive manufacturing.


This highly interactive eLearning course will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to exploit the design freedom of Additive Manufacturing and take a design from conception through to AM processing.

Target Audience: This eLearning course is aimed at Design Engineers who are interesting in adopting additive manufacturing.

Estimated guided learning time: 3 hours

Price: £149.97 + VAT

Delivered in collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), this course provides a full understanding of the principles of metallic corrosion and prevention mechanisms appropriate to a variety of applications.

Target Audience: Engineers and designers of all disciplines involved in the supply of metals and alloys to industries in which corrosion is an issue. The course is also applicable to production and technical staff concerned with the specification, selection and application of corrosion-resistant materials.


Delivered in collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), this course explores the different grades of stainless steel, their processing, properties and uses.

Target Audience: This course is for personnel involved in the production, processing, fabricating, utilising and selling of stainless steels. Professionals involved in the manufacture, supply and use of stainless steels products. The course is delivered at a moderate technical level and assumes only very basic prior knowledge of steel metallurgy.


Delivered by experts from the MTC's Robotics and Automation team, this live online virtual classroom course will provide you with the insight to make informed decisions concerning the introduction of automation and robotics to your business.

Target Audience: This virtual classroom course is for individuals who are considering or have been tasked with introducing automation and robotics into their businesses. Attendees will include senior engineers, project managers, finance teams or business owners of SMEs etc.


Developed by the MTC's Robotics and Automation experts, this eLearning course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to help you make informed decisions concerning the introduction of automation and robotics to your business.

Target Audience: This eLearning course is for individuals who are considering or have been tasked with introducing automation and robotics into their businesses.

Estimated guided learning time: 60 minutes

Price: £49.99 + VAT

This 5 day course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to minimise production stoppages through reprogramming or creating new programmes for up to a 6 axis industrial robot cell.

Target Audience: This course is for anyone who will be made responsible for ensuring the continued operation of an industrial robot cell.


This course provides an insight into the techniques used for sample preparation and the operation of optical and scanning electron microscopes. It describes the equipment and methods for extracting samples from metal items, for producing flat surfaces and etching to reveal surface features. The principles on which both types of microscope operate and examples of the images and information that can be obtained are explained.


Target Audience: The course is suitable for after-sales professionals, laboratory staff, marketing and sales professionals in all sectors of engineering. Sectors include, for example, aerospace, automotive, conventional powergen, nuclear and renewable energy. A basic understanding of science and engineering principles is assumed.


Delivered by senior consultants from the MTC's Manufacturing Operations Efficiency (MOE) team, this course will improve your understanding of Lean and Continuous Improvement techniques and enable you to identify how they can be implemented within your own organisation.

Target Audience: This course is for individuals who are considering, or have been tasked with investigating how to improve business performance: Owners, Senior Leaders, Technical Specialists, Production Engineers, Quality and Design Engineers and Programme Managers. The audience should also have a detailed knowledge of the organization's business processes and a clear reason for course participation.

Forthcoming available dates:

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Delivered by the MTC's Research Engineering team, this course will provide the skill and knowledge to reduce costs by correctly interpreting, drawing and checking drawings to BS8888.

Target Audience: This course is for anyone who's responsible for interpreting, creating or checking engineering drawings as part of their role, such as: Design, Production and Quality Engineers or Technicians.


This course will enable you to start your digital transformation journey more effectively by having informed conversations with partners, identifying opportunities based on value and addressing barriers in the process.

Target Audience: This course is for Designer Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, Product Designers, Research Engineers, or Technical Managers with an interest of integrating digital tolls into manufacturing.


This course is for decision makers within a business who are considering or have been tasked with introducing DfMA into their businesses. Participants will include architects, Architect Assistants, senior engineers, project managers, digital design engineers, BIM Managers, construction managers, logistics managers, operations managers, finance teams or business owners of SMEs etc.

Estimated guided learning time: 60 minutes

Price: FREE

Delivered by the MTC's Chief Engineer - Intelligent Automation, this blended course will provide you with the necessary tools, techniques and processes to evaluate the opportunity, develop the business case and deploy the implementation plan to integrate automation and robotics into your business.

Is this course for you?

  • Do you need to remain competitive by introducing automation and robotics into your business, but don’t know how to get started?

  • Do you need to know how to realise the business benefits, how to overcome the barriers-to-entry and put together a robust business case and implementation plan?

    If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these, then this course is definitely for you

    Target Audience: This course is for decision makers within a business who are considering or have been tasked with introducing automation and robotics into their businesses. Attendees will include senior engineers, project managers, finance teams or business owners of SMEs etc.

    Learning Objectives:

    Upon completion of this blended course, you will be able to:

  • Concisely articulate what automation is, and what it is not

  • Describe the multitude of benefits of utilising automation

  • Identify the barriers-to-entry and how to overcome or mitigate them

  • Perform an evaluation as to when automation will benefit a given process

  • Utilise various business tools, techniques and processes for when implementing automation

    Course Contents:

    In order to minimise your valuable time away from your place of work, this course has been designed using a 'blended learning' approach. This means different delivery methods are used in conjunction with each other and allows certain elements to be completed on-line, at your convenience.

    The course is broken down into three parts:

    Part-1: On-line eLearning Module (0.5hrs duration)

    To be completed prior to Part 2

    This eLearning module takes the seemingly complex subject matter, and through the use of engaging animations, video and interactive activities, simplifies the content to make it easy to digest whilst you learn at your own pace.

     Part-2: Face-to-Face Workshop at the MTC Coventry (8hrs duration)

    This workshop takes you through the entire process of implementing automation within your business. During the session you will:

    • Review real-life case studies of automation in use and identify the benefits realised
    • Have peer-to-peer discussions will other course delegates to explore both the tangible and intangible benefits of implementing automation
    • Working in groups to explore the various barriers to implementing automation and agreeing how best to overcome or mitigate them.
    • Learn the techniques and key factors used to evaluate if automation is viable, then apply those techniques to industry-based case studies
    • Identify the various factors that need to be considered when performing a return-on-investment (ROI) analysis, then apply those factors within a business case
    • Work through each step of the implementation process and practice using the associated tools and techniques within each step
    • The workshop concludes with the issuing of a work based exercise that is designed to help you apply the techniques learnt during the workshop within the real world

     Part-3: On-line Webinar (1.5hrs duration)

    Scheduled approx. 2 weeks after part 2

    A live webinar session covering the latest innovations in intelligent automation. Learn about the main concepts of Artificial Intelligence, Cobots and Data mining and gain expert insight in where the technologies discussed will lead us.

Delivered by the expert engineering team from the Fusion Welding, Design and Materials Characterisation teams. This course will give participants practical experience of the end-to-end processes needed for Directed Energy Deposition; including design, materials, technology, production and post-processing.

Is this course for you?

  • Are you considering entering into Additive Manufacturing using Directed Energy Deposition, but need to see and experience more about the benefits and design possibilities?
  • Do you need expert demonstrations and advice regarding the associated processes, software/hardware and materials?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, then this course is for you.

Target Audience:

This 3 day face-to-face course is for engineers, engineering technicians, graduates, and managers wanting hands-on experience in Directed Energy Deposition.

Forthcoming available dates:

23rd - 25th March 2020

Price: £1350+VAT


During this one day course you will compare the 7 ASTM defined processes in Additive Manufacturing, along with their sub-processes which are split by variants in the technology and/or materials. In the afternoon you will work through realistic case studies, applying part selection and down selection principles, and gradually put together a case for its technical, commercial and overall feasibility using a given technology. You will then apply this methodology to select an appropriate manufacturing unit from a mock catalogue which includes nearly 50 machines.

Target Audience: 

Engineers and decision-makers who are interested in adopting AM and wish to apply best-practice process-selection methodology to meet the requirements capture of their products.




Upon completion of this course, you will be able to select the most suitable AM process for any application using a four-stage methodology which leads to a final downselection.

Target Audience: Engineers and decision-makers who are interested in adopting AM and wish to apply best-practice process-selection methodology to meet the requirements capture of their products.

Estimated guided learning time: 60 mins

Price: £49.99 + VAT


Are you a design engineer interested in creating products using Laser Powder Bed Fusion?

Do you want to prepare designs for submission to a bureau and be sure they will be approved?

Target Audience: Design engineers looking to prepare models for manufacture using L-PBF at an external bureau.

Objectives:

  • Outline the unique considerations a designer must deal with in order to create an effective L-PBF design
  • Implement effective design adjustments in order to optimise key features (which would otherwise affect buildability)
  • Identify methods to optimise a design for post-processing and inspection
  • Apply process-specific design rules for L-PBF to example 3D models

Upon completion of this course you will be able to prepare a model fit for submission to a bureau to be manufactured using Laser Powder Bed Fusion.

Estimated guided learning time: 60 minutes

Price: £49.99 + VAT

This interactive online course will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to apply Health and Safety (H&S) best practice guidelines to Additive Manufacturing (AM) equipment, materials and post processing. You will learn to recognise unsafe practices and risks, and how to apply appropriate mitigation techniques.

Is this course for you?

  • Do you or your team come into contact with additive manufacturing technologies in your workplace?
  • Do you need to apply the latest health and safety guidelines and standards to methods of storage, handling and recovery of additive manufacturing materials?
  • Can you identify the risks associated with additive manufacturing and be able to apply mitigation procedures?

If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, then this course is definitely for you.

Target Audience:

This 1.5 hour online learning course is for workshop users, technicians and materials technicians who need to be able to identify health and safety risks in additive manufacturing and how to apply the appropriate mitigation technique.

Objective:

By the end of this course you will be able to apply best practice safety guidelines to AM equipment, materials and post processing and react to AM specific safety-related situations with the appropriate response.

Estimated guided learning time: 90 minutes


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This course will enable you to develop a business case for using AM for a selected application. You will gain skills in using a process-based approach to: define the costs for each production step; consider the opportunities and benefits of AM for the selected component; and develop a recommendation based on a quantified value of AM to the business and end user.

Are you an engineer or manufacturing decision-maker in your business who:

·         Can see potential added value of using AM for making a specific part or set of components, but are not sure how to quantify it in terms of costs and benefits?

·         Is concerned that adopting an AM approach is prohibitively costly, even though a component or part could deliver added benefits to traditionally-made versions?

·         Recognises that AM may be a good strategic move for the business, but don't have the tools or knowledge to accurately represent the costs and benefits to support an investment?

If you answered Yes to any of the above questions, this course is for you!

Target audience:

1.      Applications or Manufacturing Engineers who are responsible for quantifying the costs and benefits of adopting AM for a production requirement, to drive business decisions and strategy.

2.      Decision makers in organisations that produce products suitable for manufacture using AM, and who need to identify the costs and benefits of adopting AM for particular applications to drive business decisions and strategy.

Course Objective:

Using the appropriate tools and templates, develop a business case that supports an appropriate recommendation based on the quantified value of using AM for a specified component, purpose and end user.

Supporting objectives:

In the context of a component that has been identified as suitable for AM:

1.      Describe ways that AM can provide a viable return on investment in the short term and as part of a strategic plan

2.      Recognise the current barriers an organisation may face to adopting AM

3.      Define the purpose, audience and key components of an effective business case

4.      Demonstrate cost modelling for manufacture using appropriate value process steps and data

5.      Articulate specific opportunities, benefits, and de-risking strategies to support the case for AM adoption

6.      Develop an appropriate recommendation that quantifies the value of AM to the business and the end user.

Duration and schedule:

Approximately 6 hours study time spread over three weeks.

Format and learning activities:

The course has fixed start and end dates, so that you will be studying along with a cohort of fellow learners to promote discussion and sharing of ideas. In addition, there will be an MTC Expert Tutor assigned to each course event, to participate in discussions, answer questions, and provide feedback and comment on course content and activities.

The course is structured into modules with 1-2 hours of study time for each module. Learning activities include online lessons, interactive exercises and guided self-study tasks to complete. You will be encouraged to share ideas, give feedback, and learn from fellow learners through participation in discussions, as well as to ask questions of the MTC Expert Tutor. 

The course concludes with a virtual tutorial session where the Expert Tutor will provide a review of the learning, invite questions and discussions and provide guidance on accessing further support in developing your business case for Additive Manufacturing.



 
 
 

Delivered by our expert Materials Quality engineering team, this face-to-face course will provide you with a comprehensive powder management framework you can apply to your organisation.

Is this course for you?

  • Do you manage a team that works (or will work) with metal powders?
  • Are you considering bringing powder-based additive technologies into your organisation and need to know how to set up a powder management strategy?
  • Are you looking to improve your current powder-related documentation, protocols or traceability systems?

If you answered 'yes' to any of the above, this course is for you.

Target Audience: Senior engineers, managers, business owners.

Learning Objectives:

  • Justify the rationale behind implementing a powder management system and outline what can happen without a strategy in place.
  • Outline best-practice H&S documentation and management strategies.
  • Correctly map the powder lifecycle from procurement to disposal.
  • Apply best-practice powder management strategies to each stage of the powder’s journey.
  • Identify effective methods for organisation, gaining buy-in, and achieving your desired outcomes.

Using a mix of interactive videos featuring experts from within the Design for Additive Manufacture team from the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM), online discussions, software simulations and self-paced activities, this online course will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge that you need to be able to exploit the design freedom of additive manufacturing.

It will take you through the stages needed, from conception to the design of a component using best practice methods and appropriate software, to ensure that your component is optimised for function and manufacturing via metal powder bed fusion additive methods.

Is this course for you?

  • Are you looking to explain how to optimise the functional design of a component for additive manufacturing using metal powder bed fusion?
  • Do you want to demonstrate best practice in optimising a design for manufacture through simulation?
  • Are you wanting to exploit the design freedom of additive manufacturing using metal powder bed fusion?
  • Do you want to be able to describe best practice for down selection and finite element analysis?

 If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these, then this course is for you.

Target Audience: This x hour online course is aimed at Design Engineers, Product Designers or Mechanical Engineers who are interested in adopting best practice design for additive manufacturing using metal powder bed fusion.

Objectives: By the end of this course you will be able to design parts that are optimised for function and manufacturing via the metal powder bed fusion additive manufacturing methods that you use in your workplace.


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This 2 day face to face course will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to safely handle and process AM powders, mainly metals, but also polymers, and will demonstrate the various stages involved from initial receipt through to disposal.


Is this course for you?

  • Do you need to maximise build success and minimise waste?
  • Do you need to safely handle and process AM powders, mainly metals but also polymers?
  • Do you come into contact with AM powders from initial receipt right through to disposal?

If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, then this course is definitely for you.


Target Audience: Engineering Technicians and Engineers


Objectives:

  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the powder handling (PH) processes
  • Apply best-practice guidelines to ensure powder quality is maintained during transportation, storage, use, recycling and disposal
  • Demonstrate the steps in the AM powder handling process and apply best-practice to the quality from receipt to disposal
  • Demonstrate, in realistic scenarios, the safety considerations at each stage of the AM powder handling process

This online course will provide engineers with a clear process to ensure that they capture all requirements for a particular AM part or assembly such that it can be designed and made to match the client’s needs.


Target Audience: Anyone with the responsibility of capturing detailed requirements for the design and build of a part or assembly that is to be made using additive manufacturing. This will typically include:

  • Design engineer
  • Application engineer

This course is aimed to provide insight into the purpose of an AM-specific approach to requirements capture and guidance for updating / amending an existing process to include necessary information for AM design.


Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the purpose and benefit of capturing full AM requirements in a single step
  • Identify AM-specific factors and questions that should be established during requirements capture process for a given application
  • Amend existing RC documentation/process to include the relevant requirements for AM