Design for Additive Manufacturing with Wohlers Associates

with Olaf Diegel and Terry Wohlers

31 May – 2 June 2017, Belgium

Wohlers Associates and Materialise invite you to participate in a Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) course. This exclusive course is limited to 25 participants and provides training and hands-on learning to understand and practice methods of design for AM. It includes the consolidation of many parts into fewer parts, topology optimization, lattice, mesh, cellular structures and other methods of design for AM.

Read how participants at NASA evaluated the DfAM training

"I would definitely recommend this course to colleagues and hope it is made available in the future."

"The most useful was to learn when to use, and not use, Additive Manufacturing. The software overview on topology optimization and generating mesh structures was also great."

Read the interview with Terry Wohlers on Design for AM


Day 1

  • Introduction to AM, the State of the AM Industry
  • AM Process: from CAD to Part
  • Introduction to Design for AM
  • Introduction to Part Consolidation
  • Part Consolidation Exercise
  • Design for Mass-Customization Exercise
Day 2
  • AM Process: from CAD to Part
  • Materialise Tour
  • Designing for Metal AM
  • Topology Optimization and Mesh/Lattice Structures
Day 3
  • Design for Other AM Processes
  • Tooling Applications of AM
  • Lead Time Reduction
  • Economics of AM
  • Panel Session
  • AM in the Near Future

Program is subject to change.

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The machined hydraulic manifold (left), and its 3D-printed titanium version (right), which weighs 55% less and is already in use on the Airbus A380.

Wohlers Associates Instructors

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Olaf Diegel, PhD
Associate Consultant

Olaf Diegel is an educator and practitioner of rapid product development and additive manufacturing. He has an excellent track record of developing innovative solutions to engineering problems. Over the past 10 years, Diegel has created more than 80 commercial products for theater lighting, security, marine, and home health-monitoring. He has a rare combination of experience in both conventional design and manufacturing and design for additive manufacturing (DfAM). This makes him one of very few people capable of leading hands-on learning and quality instruction on DfAM. He has designed and manufactured an impressive family of guitars that has captured media attention globally. AM is used as the core technology to produce the main body of these extraordinary products.

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Terry Wohlers MSc, Dr. h.c., FSME
Principal Consultant & President

Industry consultant, analyst, author, and speaker Terry Wohlers is president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., an independent consulting firm he founded 30 years ago. The company provides technical and strategic consulting on the new developments and trends in rapid product development, Additive Manufacturing, and 3D Printing. Through this company, Wohlers has provided consulting assistance to more than 250 organizations in 25 countries. Also, he has provided advice to 175+ companies in the investment community. For 22 consecutive years, Wohlers has published the Wohlers Report, the undisputed industry-leading publication on additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide.

Secure your seat 

When? 31 May – 2 June 2017
Where? Materialise headquarters in Leuven, Belgium
Price: 2.695 EUR. This includes three full days of instruction and hands-on learning, box lunches, coffee and refreshments, and a tour of the Materialise facility.
Cancellation policy: Upon cancellation, you will be charged 165 EUR. of the total amount.
  Please bring a laptop. If you have CAD experience, be sure your favorite CAD software is installed and working.
Recommended hotel

Park Inn by Radisson Leuven Hotel
Martelarenlaan 36, 3010 Leuven, Belgium
Phone: +32 16 61 66 00
Special Rate: EUR 128, which includes breakfast. Be sure to mention Materialise.



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31 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017
Leuven, Belgium
Materialise Headquarters
Olaf Diegel and Terry Wohlers