Skills and Education for Additive Manufacturing: A Review of Emerging Issues
APMS 2017: Advances in Production Management Systems. The Path to Intelligent, Collaborative and Sustainable Manufacturing
APMS 2017 International Conference Advances in Production Management Systems
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Despeisse, M., & Minshall, T. (2017). Skills and Education for Additive Manufacturing: A Review of Emerging Issues. APMS 2017: Advances in Production Management Systems. The Path to Intelligent, Collaborative and Sustainable Manufacturing, 513 289-297. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-66923-6_34
The recent advances in digital technologies and in additive manufacturing (AM) in particular are revolutionising our industrial landscape. These changes require new engineering and management skills to exploit fully and sustainably the benefits offered by these advanced technologies. The current talent shortage calls for new education programmes to deliver a skilled, capable and adaptable workforce. Existing courses on design, engineering and management related to production and manufacturing do not systematically deliver the necessary skills and knowledge for an effective deployment of AM technologies. Based on a literature review and evidence collected from multi-stakeholder workshops, this paper presents the key themes for education programmes to address the current skill gap and barriers to AM adoption and exploitation.
additive manufacturing, 3D printing, education, skills
This research was carried out as part of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPSRC) funded project entitled ‘Bit by Bit: Capturing the Value from the Digital Fabrication Revolution’, EP/K039598/1.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-66923-6_34
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