Skills and education for additive manufacturing: A review of emerging issues
Paper in proceeding, 2017

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.



3D printing

Additive manufacturing


Mélanie Despeisse

Industrial and Materials Science

Tim Minshall

University of Cambridge

IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology

1868-4238 (ISSN) 1868-422X (eISSN)

Vol. 513 289-297

Advances in Production Management Systems
Hamburg, Germany,

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Educational Sciences

Environmental Management

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Areas of Advance


Learning and teaching

Pedagogical work



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