Integrating Additive Manufacturing with Traditional Manufacturing

Provided by: ToolingU

"Integrating Additive Manufacturing with Traditional Manufacturing" discusses the factors manufacturers should consider when adding an additive manufacturing (AM) component to a traditional manufacturing operation, including cost, logistics, and best uses of AM with traditional manufacturing, among other concerns. Originally used for prototyping, AM has increasingly found more roles in traditional manufacturing processes, such as creating tooling or end-use parts. However, because the procedures and tools are so different, combining the two kinds of manufacturing requires considerable adjustments. Logistical concerns of integrating AM with traditional manufacturing include purchasing the correct machines and updating safety protocols. Design concerns involve upskilling engineers so that they can take full advantage of AM capabilities.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe traditional manufacturing operations
  • Describe additive manufacturing operations
  • Describe the various additive manufacturing processes
  • Describe some considerations of combining traditional and additive manufacturing
  • Describe AM production costs
  • Describe AM manufacturing system costs
  • Describe how AM affects product development and production
  • Describe important AM tools and AM materials
  • Describe important considerations for upskilling engineers and operators for AM processes
  • Describe AM production considerations related to part orientation and support structures
  • Describe AM production considerations related to thermal distortion
  • Describe AM production considerations related to post-processing
  • Describe general AM safety considerations
  • Describe AM rapid prototyping and how it can be used in traditional manufacturing operations
  • Describe using AM as a secondary process
  • Describe the use of AM in creating industrial tooling
  • Describe end-use AM
  • Describe AM mass customization
  • Describe how to integrate AM mass customization with a traditional manufacturing operation
  • Describe AM part integration and how it relates to combining AM and traditional manufacturing
  • Describe hybrid manufacturing processes.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for leaders and supervisors aiming to move the company towards a hybrid manufacturing environment with conventional and new additive manufacturing methods.

Course ID


Skill Focus

Smart Technology



Employee Type

Leadership, Change Leaders

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

3.5 hrs



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