Skills and education for additive manufacturing: A review of emerging issues
Paper i 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.

Additive manufacturing


3D printing



Mélanie Despeisse

Industri- och materialvetenskap

Tim Minshall

University of Cambridge

IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology

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

Vol. 513 289-297


Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi

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