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MTC training launches first ever fully online AM certificate
Published:  17 August, 2020

MTC Training is launching its first fully online certificate in 3D printing or additive manufacturing, designed and endorsed in partnership with world-leading experts from the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing.

The certificate aims to support industry get to grips with one of the fastest-growing disruptive technologies in manufacturing.

The MTC's Foundation Certificate in Additive Manufacturing is a comprehensive introduction to this disruptive technology which is primed to revolutionise the global manufacturing industry.

Delivered wholly online through a combination of self-guided online learning, collaborative activities and a virtual classroom, the course gives delegates an understanding and appreciation of the processes, benefits and design possibilities of each of the seven additive manufacturing technologies. It also equips decision-makers with essential tools and techniques to help businesses adopt additive manufacturing successfully and safely while taking advantage of its transformative potential.

The new certificate is the first in a range of products that MTC Training is developing to continue supporting the manufacturing sector to develop future skills and drive technical awareness and progression throughout industry, wherever their workforce is located.

David Hughes MBE, managing director of the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, said, “This new certificate is the first step on a journey to become an additive manufacturing expert. Because the course is delivered wholly online, delegates can learn in their own time from any location with internet access. This flexible access to personal development is even more important given the ongoing restrictions associated with COVID-19.”

Over a total of 12 hours, the modules include "A Guide for Decision Makers", "Best Practice in Process Selection", and "Developing the Business Case for Adoption".

As part of the MTC, the National Centre for Additive Manufacture aims to accelerate the uptake of AM by developing the technology and systems required to address the key challenges. With anticipated global sales of £20bn by 2025, this rapidly growing technology enables economic component production with efficient use of materials and vastly increased design freedom, compared to traditional processes. Improving education and awareness is a key element of NCAM’s mission to support industry’s effective exploitation of the technology by bridging the gap between market requirements and process reality.

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