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Webinar Series

Design for AM: Understanding Value

July 07, 2022

About the Webinar

AM is one of the most expensive manufacturing methods in the known universe. Therefore, for it to be usable, it must add enough ‘value’ to overcome those high costs. This talk will focus on the main factors that affect AM cost and how these can be transformed into value adding features. It will demonstrate how a basic understanding of the economics of AM can help companies to design parts in a way that truly take advantage of what AM can offer while, at the time, adding enough value to make AM production not only possible, but desirable. It will show real world examples showing how good design for AM practices can transform products that would, otherwise, be uneconomical to produce using AM.

Registration Fee: $49.00 USD

Learning Outcomes

After completing this webinar the attendees will have developed an understanding of:

  • Which AM production factors affect cost the most
  • The thought process that goes behind reducing the effect of these cost factors
  • The ability to use DfAM to add functional value while, at the same time, decreasing costs

Who Should Attend

Design Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, Research Engineers, AM Process Engineers, AM Managers


  • Instructor

    Olaf Diegel

    Olaf Diegel is an educator and a practitioner of additive manufacturing (AM) and product development. As professor of AM, at the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, he is involved in all aspects of AM and is one of the principal authors of the annual Wohlers Report, considered by many to be the bible of AM. His current main area of research is in design for AM. In his consulting practice he develops products for companies around the world. Over the past 3 decades he has developed over 100 commercialized new products and, for this work, has received numerous product development awards. In 2012, Olaf started manufacturing a range of 3D printed guitars that has developed into a successful little side-business.

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AM CoE by the Numbers

With decades of experience in additive manufacturing, our team of experts is integral to our work. With team members located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, the AM CoE is able to provide agile support for global initiatives.


combined in-kind, government agency, and ASTM investment
projects initiated that will address AM standardization gaps

How can I participate?

  • Support through Research and Development

    Through the AM CoE, research priorities are identified by the top minds in the field and are matched from the start to the standards that need to be generated to ensure the resulting AM technology’s success.

  • Consortium for Materials Data and Standardization

    Consortia for Materials Data & Standardization (CMDS) enables companies of all sizes from across the entire additive manufacturing ecosystem to collaborate on standardizing the best practices for materials data generation.

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  • Education & Workforce Development

    Comprehensive program that educates and trains the additive manufacturing workforce at all levels, while continually incorporating new advances to respond to industry needs and leverage standardization, certification, and AM CoE partner expertise.