3/2/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

UL Collaborates with Ricoh on AM Education

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Under the agreement Ricoh will offer some of UL’s additive manufacturing training classes.


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UL, a global safety science organization, and Ricoh USA Inc., a technology and services company, have announced a collaboration through which the two companies will provide training to UL and Ricoh customers. The initial goal of the relationship is to promote the proper usage and advancement of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies via UL AM training that leverages Ricoh’s proven services and training expertise. The program will initially be held at Ricoh’s U.S.-based dedicated training locations and then will scale to other geographies in the Americas.

UL’s three-tier AM training curriculum, which spans introductory industry topics through more advanced design, technical and hands-on AM learning, focuses on the continued learning and development of AM technical and business professionals. As part of the agreement, UL will utilize its AM train-the-trainer program to on-board Ricoh experts to deliver AM training classes to both UL and Ricoh customers. Initially, Ricoh will deliver the first two tiers of the curriculum, which includes foundational level learning as well as more complex design, material, process, business and quality and safety courses.

Ricoh and UL plan to launch the training initiative during March of 2017 at Ricoh’s Lawrenceville, Georgia, location, just outside Atlanta. Registration for these courses is currently open. Following the launch, Ricoh will expand the training program to its Irvine, California location and beyond.

“Ricoh and UL are working to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing through our shared manufacturing and innovation services. By leveraging Ricoh’s extensive expertise in services and training, along with its significant infrastructure of manufacturing centers, we can drive AM knowledge into the manufacturing sector faster and more consistently,” says Simin Zhou, UL vice president of UL Digital Manufacturing.