Hear UL’s Recorded Webinar about Training and Certification in Additive Manufacturing
The pool of manufacturing professionals with skill and knowledge specific to additive manufacturing is a very shallow one, says Christopher Krampitz, director of strategy and innovation with UL. The so-called “skills gap” faced by manufacturing in general is practically a chasm when it comes to AM. Skilled personnel will need to be developed if the use of AM is to expand as quickly as its users today—particularly in aerospace and medical manufacturing—expect to see it expand.
What skills are involved? Knowledge areas important to AM include: design rules; simulation tools; differences between AM processes; part support factors; material factors; post-processing techniques; inspection techniques. And that is only a partial list. Krampitz discusses the knowledge needed for AM in much more detail in his recent webinar, “AM Part Certification and a Skilled Workforce,” which is now available as a recording at the link below.
In his 1-hour presentation (including audience questions at the end), Krampitz discusses the likely growth of AM in the next 5-10 years, the challenge of attaining certification from existing bodies such as FAA, FDA and ISO as AM becomes a mainstream production option, and how the systematic development of skilled personnel for AM speaks to this goal.
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