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Additive manufacturing for professionals - 2019

Design techniques for additive manufacturing


This course is intended for users of CAD software.

It is for technicians and engineers wishing to acquire knowledge of additive manufacturing-adapted design. 

At the end of the course, learners will be able to create, optimize and prepare a 3D file for additive manufacturing then create additive manufacturing parts.


Duration of course: 5 days (30 hours)

The course consists of a series of lessons, practical work and question and answer sessions.


Additive manufacturing consists of making parts of various materials by adding matter rather than by removing shavings. It is set to revolutionize the design of certain mechanical parts and subsections, which will be easier to produce, cheaper for raw materials and possible to produce on demand at their place of use. This new technology, which is rapidly spreading through the aerospace field, is beneficial to the entire supply chain and more specifically to the design, manufacture and maintenance industries.

The course covers the entire design process up to preparation for manufacture. We then discuss topological optimization techniques.


Course level: Advanced/Specialization


  • Basic knowledge of CAD
  • Knowledge of Abaqus and Finite Element Method desirable

Target audience: Technicians, engineers, heads of engineering design departments, production managers

Maximum 10 candidates



Responsible for additive manufacturing activities at WeAreEngineering 

ALM Industrialization Engineer - 3DXpertise.


1. Recap of general process: from CAD models to 3D printing

  • Current context
  • Technologies
  • Applications

2. 3D pre-printing

  • Calculating the material shrinkage coefficient
  • Preparing a 3D printing plate

 3. Design optimization

  • Lightweight design
  • Liberating design constraints

 4. Printing formats

  • Format utility
  • Understanding behavior
  • Closed volumes
  • Balancing

 5. .STL files

  • Introduction to the .STL mesh
  • File parameters
  • Precision threshold
  • Overview of mesh processing software
  • File import and repair
  • Case studies

 6. Topological optimization

  • General principles
  • Advantages
  • Methodology
  • Practical work: topological optimization of a pinion

 7. Topological optimization: data entry and post-processing options

  • Practical work: topological optimization of a built-in beam, geometric restrictions

 8. Form optimization: recap, data entry and post-processing options

  • Practical work: optimizing the shape of a perforated plate

 9. Example demonstrating the effects of geometric nonlinearities for topological optimization

 10. Topological optimization: accounting for contact

  • Practical work: topological optimization of a structure taking into account nonlinearities due to contact

 11. Non-parametric optimization with TOSCA and Abaqus

12. Topological optimization: taking into account geometric nonlinearities and materials

13. Shape optimization for structures with different non-linearities

  • Practical work: optimizing the shape of a contact surface

 14. From design to additive manufacturing

  • Designing a part
  • Topological optimization of the part on TOSCA
  • Manufacturing the part: creating the .STL file, preparing the printing plate, post-processing the parts


Scheduled in French:

MONTAUBAN: Cancelled - Upcoming date, please consult us.


For the English realization, please, consult us.


€2,800 excluding tax (20% VAT)

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