Project Focused on AM Skills Creates Curriculum

CECIMO, Nachwuchsstiftung Maschinenbau and the Institute Technology and Education of the University of Bremen have developed an introductory course on AM.

CECIMO, Nachwuchsstiftung Maschinenbau and the Institute Technology and Education of the University of Bremen are collaborating on the Machine Tool Alliance for Skills (METALS) project. The EU-funded initiative has developed a panorama offering an overview of the skills needs of the machine tool industry until 2025. It has also created a curriculum for an introductory course on additive manufacturing, and is currently developing e-learning materials for the course.

The project aims to provide machine tool builders with the applied skills they need to benefit from new technologies. Following the analysis of the results from surveys, workshops and interviews, project partners concluded that AM is a key area for training because of its potential impact.

The skills panorama shows that the AM workforce will be characterized by a hybrid skills pool. Competence in conventional subtractive manufacturing will be coupled with additive skills concentrated in stages such as design, stereolithography conversion and file manipulation, postprocessing, testing, and maintenance. Skills in communication and presentation are also part of this set.

Partners have developed a curriculum describing learning units and formal learning outcomes aligned with EU guidelines. These units are the building blocks of an online AM learning course now under development. The course will be available through the METALS e-learning platform in 2018.

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