Introduction to 3D Printing

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Organisation profile

Formed in 2011, Inspire 3D are Ireland’s professional 3D printing systems provider. We help and encourage our customers adopt additive manufacturing, offering training, applications development, consultancy, support and installation. Irelands award winning partner for Formlabs, Flux, Ultimaker and Meltio among others. Inspire 3D through our partners in The AM Group have access to over 15 manufacturer’s covering technologies from desktop FDM and SLA to robotic metal systems and even full concrete printing solutions. Providing our customers with the best in 3D printing technologies with Irish based logistics and after sales support. Our aim is not to sell you what we can sell the quickest, but to work with our customers to provide them with a streamlined fit for purpose solution to their additive manufacturing needs, integrating 3D printing into their business with ease and efficiency.

Training aim

This course is designed to provide attendees with an understanding of the Additive Manufacturing ecosystem. To further their knowledge of what additive technologies and materials exist, where they are used and how to identify opportunities for additive manufacturing within your business. 

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the course the delegates will be competent in: 
 - Identifying the key differences between subtractive and additive manufacturing technologies with and understanding of the key benefits and constraints of each. 
- Understanding the 7 additive manufacturing process categories and the main process that fall within them. The course will focus heavily on the processes of Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Stereolithography (SLA). 
- An understanding of the materials available for processing in each of the FFF, SLS and SLA processes. Other materials processable via the other process categories introduced will also be described. 

- Identifying and evaluating possible applications suitable for additive manufacturing within an industrial/manufacturing environment. 

Course outline

The course will cover the following topics: 
-Additive Manufacturing vs Subtractive Manufacturing and Formative Manufacturing
-Additive Manufacturing Processes and Technologies
-Materials used in Additive Manufacturing

-Applications for Additive Manufacturing; identification and evaluation.

Trainer's profile

Paul Quinn is the Lead Applications and Training Engineer with 8 years experience in assisting the adoption of Additive Manufacturing systems to a wide range of industries.

Course duration

 Half Day course (4 hours) 

Assessment & certification

A certificate of completion and a CPD Certificate (Engineers Ireland CPD) will be provided to all attendees.  

Who should attend

This training is aimed towards new users or those wishing to further their knowledge of 3D Printing. No prior knowledge of the technology is required.