Star Rapid has announced that it will launch a metal Additive Manufacturing training programme. The programme, titled the 3D Metal Printing Training Initiative, will be aimed at designers and engineers and dedicated to providing free resources and tools to teach the design and engineering community proper design for metal AM components. This will include the development of a web-based metal AM video library and a series of three-day workshops at Star Rapid’s Chinese headquarters.
“The quick emergence and complexity of 3D metal printing has created a massive design-process deficit within the industry,” stated Gordon Styles, Founder and President of Star Rapid. “As a manufacturer, we are well positioned to share best practices and lessons learned on this subject, as we’ve seen first-hand how hard it can be to develop the correct design parameters for a build. Greater widespread design knowledge will help unlock the full and boundless potential of 3D metal printing for more widespread applications.”
Video resource library
Star Rapid’s AM video library will feature a series of videos for the product design and engineering community that promote the value of metal Additive Manufacturing and its potential to create strong, innovative parts with less waste.
Video tutorials will provide learners with knowledge on AM design and tips for avoiding the common design pitfalls which have emerged in the industry due to a lack of training and the differences between metal AM, plastic AM and traditional manufacturing techniques such as CNC machining.
The first three video tutorials are now available on Star Rapid’s website. The ‘Designing for 3D Metal Printing’ series includes: Episode 1: Introduction to Designing for 3D Metal Printing; Episode 2: Walls, Gaps and Holes; and Episode 3: Bridges and Overhangs.
Star Rapid will offer hands-on training at its 60,000ft2 manufacturing facility in Southern China. A series of workshops will allow attendees to design a part, receive feedback from the company’s AM experts and print the part using a Renishaw AM system.
The company’s experienced team will work closely with attendees to show them exactly how parts must be designed for this process, using the company’s in-house equipment. This will help attendees gain a holistic view of metal Additive Manufacturing that will be critical for discovering new design applications for the technology. Ultimately, Star Rapid believes that this knowledge could help save money and time for entrepreneurs, engineers and product designers, by eliminating ‘trial and error’ during the production process.
Star Rapid’s inaugural hands-on training courses are planned for August 14-16, 2017, with subsequent courses taking place November 6-8, 2017, and March 14-16, 2018. Prospective attendees are invited to submit an expression of interest form via Star Rapid’s website.