In March and April, Western Sydney University Launch Pad partnered with GE Additive, a global leader in additive manufacturing, to launch an online short course program designed to present the fundamentals of metal 3D printing, additive design & manufacturing.
The first two cohorts consisted of a total of 30 participants, comprising of Western Sydney University undergraduates and postgraduates, and industry professionals across the manufacturing, bioscience, engineering, design, aeronautical and higher education sectors.
Most participants had minimal prior experience with metal 3D printing and completed the program equipped with a strong knowledge base on additive manufacturing. Some of the things they learned were the differences between Laser and Electron Beam metal 3D printing, getting designs ready for printing, identifying cracks and defects in their printed parts, choosing the best suitable materials for printing with, and learning about the different requirements when setting up this technology within their workplaces. They also compared traditional manufacturing methods vs. additive manufacturing methods and discovered how the new technology’s economic advantages could enable them a real competitive edge in the industry.
CEO of Aquacell, Colin Fisher, who enrolled in the first cohort, said, “This course exceeded my expectations. The presenters are genuine experts in their field of the kind you rarely get access to. I now feel like I am heading down the road toward advanced manufacturing with a map in my hand, armed with a much better understanding of the fundamentals.”
Following the showcase of the precinct facilities and equipment, participants from all areas of the industry—whom include the likes of senior management, lead engineers, and also students—expressed their interest in developing working relationships with Western Sydney University students and staff, potentially deploying Western’s advanced manufacturing facilities for their future projects.
Upon completion of the training program, participants received micro credentials that contributed to their professional development and portfolio.
Future Intakes: Cohort 3 & 4
In response to feedback from previous cohorts, GE Additive and Western Sydney University Launch Pad will be offering remote and face-to-face training options in August.
For more information, and to apply to enrol in the short course, please visit Essentials of Additive Manufacturing.