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Learn about the design process and latest techniques of digital manufacturing. Put it into practice through hands-on assignments using software.

Design professionals, supervisors and managers are required to understand, use, and extract value from digital manufacturing. Industrial design is a world that has grown increasingly digital, and in which the duration from idea to implementation is shorter than it has ever been.

This course gives you an opportunity to connect to emerging trends and technologies, the instructors, and their insights. It is taught by TU Delft's leading scholars and experts in digital manufacturing. The Industrial Design Engineering faculty at TU Delft is a world leader in the application of technology, especially in applying it in a human-centered way. It is known for setting the agenda for the creative industry.

Understand the process behind digital manufacturing

There are three major steps in the digital manufacturing workflow that we cover in depth. These include: scanning, modelling, and fabrication. We also consider how each step could be applied within your business, and the value that each can offer.

Employing additive manufacturing technologies

In this course we will explore primary additive manufacturing technologies, of which some can be considered as 3D printing. Those include: material extrusion, powder bed fusion, material jetting, binder jetting, sheet lamination, photopolymerization, and directed energy deposition. We consider their advantages, logistical challenges, and the workflow required to get the most out of this palette of techniques.

Learn through hands-on assignments and discussions

The course uses hands-on assignments with open source software and mobile applications to develop your skills. We also have guest lectures from some of today's most innovative designers; spurring exciting discussions. We hope to stimulate conversation about ownership and authenticity, the role of designers, and the benefits and implications of digital fabrication. These represent opportunities to network and interact with professionals worldwide, as well as the master students from TU Delft who take the course along with you. Most of the software used in this course is open source. For the propriety software, you will be required to install a free trial version.

What you'll learn

  • Understand the workflow of digital manufacturing: from scanning to modelling to fabrication.
  • Judge the value of business and innovation opportunities and identify emerging concepts.
  • Understand high-tech solutions, only doable by additive manufacturing.
  • Design for 3D printing, such as parameterized and multimaterial models.
  • Use and combine a variety of software, including: Cura, Preform, Recap360, Meshmixer, Rhino, Grasshopper.


Each week includes a practical assignment. In one of the weeks, you will be asked to create a model based on a real-world object. Using Autodesk's Recap360, you will stitch together photos that you took with your camera or mobile into a 3D model. Using MeshMixer you will fine tune your model and prepare it for 3D printing!


Certificates and CEUs

If you successfully complete this course you will earn a professional education certificate and you are eligible to receive 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

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This course is primarily geared towards working professionals who are new to digital manufacturing and have no or little experience with it; or familiar with only some aspects and would like to obtain a broader understanding. No prior experience with the software used in the course is required.


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  • Starts: Future dates to be announced
  • Fee: €695
  • Group fee: contact us
  • Length: 4 weeks
  • Effort: 3 - 4 hours per week

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