A 3D printing training course, has been announced by EOS, collaborating with two leading universities in the UK and Germany. For this six month ‘Additive Manufacturing Application Engineer’ programme, EOS will work directly with the University of Wolverhampton, a long-standing partner of EOS with an existing high-level metal AM expertise especially in automotive, Formula 1 and aerospace and SRH Hochschule Berlin, a German university specialising in international business administration and management.
“One of the major barriers for metal Additive Manufacturing technology is the shortage of AM application engineering experts at a global level. The programme aims to empower the future generation of AM engineers through specialised training and expertise,” commented Güngör Kara, Director Global Application & Consultingn, EOS.
He added: “With this initiative, we also want our customers to turn this AM knowledge into a competitive advantage. They will save time and money, as well as boosting their business productivity with industrial 3D printing.”
The first participants will start their expert training programme in May 2017, with a maximum number of eight participants per course.
From trial and error to a rapid, structured AM learning curve
Until recently, an application engineer would need up to two years’ experience to acquire adequate AM knowledge. This programme is designed to reduce the learning curve to six months, and lower the general threshold that companies are facing when implementing Additive Manufacturing technology. The programme will also substantially reduce the investment risk for entering AM production. Based on the trained workforce, a customer is now able to bring innovative AM metal applications to their industries as well as introducing both radical innovations and serial manufacturing more rapidly.
Understand, improve and implement AM
In close cooperation with both universities, the course offers a mix of intense theoretical and practical learning blocks at the partner universities, at EOS and in-house with the customer. After a period of six months, participants receive their 'AM Application Engineer' certification.
Güngör Kara concluded: “The programme is giving engineers the technical expertise to master AM more efficiently. As such, it supports them to develop and improve AM applications, implement serial production, optimise innovation and keep their organisation well ahead of their respective competition.
“This is a proven short-cut for our customers - they can build new AM metal-based competencies internally. This will make the difference when it comes to introducing AM driven innovations. We believe that the industrial champions of the next decade have to build up their AM technology competencies in this decade.”