An Introduction to Digital Manufacturing and 3D Printing
  • Start Date: 28 Feb, 2022
  • 2 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos

Gain an insight into the world of 3D printing, and understand the relationship between digital manufacturing and industry 4.0.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

Learn about the world of 3D printing and digital manufacturing

3D printing and digital manufacturing is driving a world with less waste, less inventory, and lower CO2 emissions.

As we look to the future, the support for using 3D printing across many different industries and sectors will only increase.

This two week digital manufacturing course will give you an introduction into the world of 3D printing, and will also showcase the working relationship between digital manufacturing and industry 4.0, as well as the predicted skills needed to work within these industries.

Discover the relationship between digital manufacturing, 3D printing and industry 4.0

You’ll start out by exploring the history of 3D printing technology, and its subsequent processes. You’ll describe the origins, workings, concept and advent of 3D printing, and will recognise applications of the concept across a range of industries.

You’ll then get an insight into the relationship between digital manufacturing, 3D printing and industry 4.0.

Identify how 3D printing can be used within a career context

You’ll then reflect on the application of how 3D printing can be used within your own personal career context, and will identify critical shifts in the workplace influenced by 3D printing.

You’ll then identify the future skills required to work with 3D printing, and will produce an action plan to adapt your skills for the future.

Learn from digital manufacturing experts at Labdox and 3Dexter

Throughout the course, you’ll be learning from digital manufacturing experts Amit Kothari and Manish Nair, and innovative companies Labdox and 3Dexter.

This course is for those looking to gain an understanding of and the opportunities in digital manufacturing, additive manufacturing and industry 4.0.

It’s also suited to science and engineering students from civil, mechanical, design, production and architecture streams looking to explore the career opportunities in their sectors.

Certificate cost may vary. You will be redirected to the host page for cost and payment options.


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