Purdue University’s College of Engineering, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, will offer an Additive Manufacturing Certificate through its Purdue Online Learning service beginning in early 2019. The programme, developed in collaboration with The Barnes Group Advisors (TBGA), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, will give working professionals and students the opportunity to study industry case studies and stay up-to-date with the rapidly industrialising technology.
Mung Chiang, Purdue’s John A Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering, stated, “Innovating how we learn online is a key priority for Purdue’s College of Engineering. The online programme in Additive Manufacturing is both timely in its subject coverage and creative in the industry partnership with The Barnes Group Advisors. We are excited about this important initiative by the School of Materials Engineering.”
“One of the major trends in the Additive Manufacturing area is increased activity in industrialisation — additive has gone from prototype to production,” added Rita Burrell, Executive Director of Purdue Online Learning’s Division within the College of Engineering. “With this increase of utilisation in manufacturing, our programme will arm engineers with the ability to attain, as well as maintain, timely, relevant knowledge in industrialised Additive Manufacturing.”
The course is tailored to those at the engineer/manager and executive levels, and AM Certificate students will reportedly be supported by members of TBGA’s ADDvisorSM Services team, whose contributions to the field include certifying flight hardware using AM for series production engines and aircraft. Over the course of the programme, students will learn:
- A basic understanding of Additive Manufacturing, including commonly used terms, key processes, key materials, and key industries using the technology
- How to distinguish the advantages of AM over traditional manufacturing, and how to identify good candidates for AM
- About the different AM processes per ASTM F42 specifications, including technology capabilities, limitations, and commercial & technical considerations
- How to distinguish between AM design innovation and AM design mitigation techniques
- Disruptive design techniques made possible by AM
- How to develop a business case for AM, including identifying business considerations and key cost drivers
- The benefits of AM for rapid prototyping
- How to distinguish between AM for prototyping and AM for production
Initially the course will offer Level 1 Certification, Additive Manufacturing Certification for Engineers and Managers, or Level 1 Certification, Additive Manufacturing for Executives. In future, Purdue expects add Level 2 Certification.
“I attended Purdue for both my undergraduate and graduate level education,” commented John Barnes, Founder and Managing Director of The Barnes Group Advisors. “It helped shape the engineer and the entrepreneur that I have become today. I have always admired the astronauts who attended Purdue and their efforts to give back to the University. I feel this is my small way of giving back too.”