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Additive Manufacturing Essentials

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2.5 hours · Self-paced
No formal qualification
10 CPD hours / points
  • Reed Courses Certificate of Completion - Free
  • CPD QS Certificate - PDF - £4.99
  • CPD QS Certificate - Hardcopy - £9.99
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Journey into the revolutionary world of additive manufacturing, where the impossible becomes possible. This Additive Manufacturing Essentials course unveils the transformative power of 3D printing, bridging your creativity with the technology that's reshaping industries worldwide.

"Additive Manufacturing Essentials," a CPD QS Accredited course, presents a comprehensive insight into the realm of 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM). Starting with the basics, it delves into various AM processes, design considerations, and material selection, crucial for effective application. The Additive Manufacturing Essentials course highlights the workflow in additive manufacturing, encompassing from conceptualisation to final production. It also explores current applications, business implications, and future trends, equipping learners with a well-rounded understanding of AM. This Additive Manufacturing Essentials course is ideal for those seeking to understand the depth and breadth of additive manufacturing and its groundbreaking impact across multiple industries.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this Additive Manufacturing Essentials course, you will be able to:

  1. Comprehend the fundamental concepts of additive manufacturing.
  2. Identify and differentiate between various AM processes.
  3. Apply design principles specific to additive manufacturing.
  4. Select appropriate materials for different AM projects.
  5. Navigate the additive manufacturing workflow efficiently.
  6. Recognise the practical applications of AM in various industries.
  7. Analyse the business context and economic impact of AM.
  8. Anticipate future trends and advancements in additive manufacturing.


Reed Courses Certificate of Completion

Digital certificate - Included

Will be downloadable when all lectures have been completed.

CPD QS Certificate - PDF

Digital certificate - £4.99

Get a CPD QS PDF certificate at an affordable price of £4.99 only.

CPD QS Certificate - Hardcopy

Hard copy certificate - £9.99

Get a CPD QS Hardcopy certificate at an affordable price of £9.99 only.


10 CPD hours / points
Accredited by CPD Quality Standards


2h 28m

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The "Additive Manufacturing Essentials" course, CPD QS Accredited, is an immersive journey into the world of 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Covering everything from the core principles to the latest advancements, this Additive Manufacturing Essentials course offers a detailed look at the transformative potential of AM technologies. Learn about the diverse processes, design intricacies, material selections, and the complete workflow involved in bringing a 3D printed project to life. Understand how AM is revolutionising industries, from automotive to healthcare, and explore the future possibilities it holds. This Additive Manufacturing Essentials course is a must for anyone aspiring to leverage the power of additive manufacturing in their professional or personal projects.

Course Completion Certificate

Once you've completed the Additive Manufacturing Essentials course, you will immediately be sent a free PDF certificate from REED. You can also choose to receive a CPD QS PDF/Hardcopy certificate. Prices for CPD QS certificates are as follows:

  • PDF Certificate: £4.99

Email delivery of printable/shareable PDF certificate.

  • Hardcopy Certificate: £9.99

Professionally printed certificate delivery.

Who is this course for?

This Additive Manufacturing Essentials course is designed for:

  1. Engineering and design professionals.
  2. Students in technology and manufacturing disciplines.
  3. Entrepreneurs and business leaders in manufacturing sectors.
  4. Hobbyists and innovators interested in 3D printing.
  5. Educators and trainers in technical and vocational institutions.


The Additive Manufacturing Essentials course is open to everyone and has no formal entry criteria.

Career path

After completing this Additive Manufacturing Essentials course, you can pursue any of the following career paths:

  1. Additive Manufacturing Engineer (£30,000 - £50,000).
  2. 3D Printing Technician (£25,000 - £40,000).
  3. Product Designer in AM (£28,000 - £45,000).
  4. Materials Scientist for Additive Manufacturing (£32,000 - £55,000).
  5. Research and Development Engineer (£29,000 - £48,000).

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