Training Course Abstracts
Advanced Support Structure Design and Print File Prep with Insight (for Current Users)
This course provides hands-on training on Insight software for AM engineers and technicians. The purpose of this course is to introduce more advanced tools that can be used within the Insight software platform to perform manual adjustments and changes to polymer build files. Topics covered include the steps necessary to customize support structure design, modify infill patterns in different sections of the part, change the tool path, and perform adjustments to improve print stability and ensure part performance. This course lasts 4 hours and will be limited to 10 attendees, each of whom will be assigned their own workstation with Insight.
AM Materials Course (Metals)
The purpose of this course is to provide information on AM metals currently available and in use at the ATTC in the direct metal laser melting (DMLM) process. The course will focus on the material development process, process parameters, heat treatment options, material characteristics, powder handling, and reuse. This courses lasts 4 hours and will be limited to 20 attendees.
Basic SolidWorks Training
This course is an introductory hands-on SolidWorks course for individuals with no previous SolidWorks or CAD experience. In this course, the basics of part creation will be covered using the most common SolidWorks tools. Additionally, the basic steps to creating 2D drawings from 3D models generated in SolidWorks will be demonstrated. This course lasts 4 hours and will be limited to 10 applicants, each of whom will be assigned their own workstation with a SolidWorks license.
Design for AM (Metals)
This course targets AM engineers interested in learning the special considerations needed when designing metallic parts using the direct metal laser melting (DMLM) process. The course focuses on design guidelines, orientation, support structure design, material selection, post processing, and part qualification process. This course lasts a full day and is limited to 20 attendees.
Design for AM (Polymers)
This course targets AM engineers focused on designing parts for polymer additive manufacturing using the fused deposition modeling (FDM™) process. The course will cover design rules and best practices including, but not limited to, support angles, thin wall features, lettering and printed detail limitations, and clearances. This course lasts a full day and is limited to 20 attendees.
Fundamentals of AM
This introductory course on Additive Manufacturing (AM) provides high level information regarding different AM processes and their associated advantages and disadvantages. AM technologies available at the ATTC will be discussed along with the Air Force’s vision and goals for moving the technologies forward. AM part suitability and basic design guidelines will be discussed. This course lasts 4 hours and will be open to up to 50 attendees.
Hands-On Operator Training on Fortus 900mcTM
This course is designed for users new to fused deposition modeling (FDMTM) printing utilizing a Stratasys Fortus 900mcTM polymer printer. The purpose of this course is to provide hands-on training including, but not limited to, safety, material changes, nozzle changes, part loading, printing, unloading, support removal, and general maintenance. Prospective operators that take this course are expected to complete an Online Polymer Operator Course prior to attending. The online course will provide familiarization with AM, the FDM™ process, and the user interface of the Stratasys Fortus 900mc to enable maximum effectiveness in this hands-on course. Registration is limited to 4 operators for each of the 2 sections to ensure effective delivery of the course content and adequate individual interaction with the equipment. This course is provided in 3 parts (over 1.5 days), and all parts of the sequence must be completed.
Scanning and Modeling with DesignX
This course, designed for engineers and technicians, is an introductory hands-on training for using a FARO Arm scanner and DesignX software. The purpose of this course is to cover the preliminary steps necessary to 3D scan a part using a FARO Arm scanner and then convert the collected point cloud data into a 3D model. This process includes collecting the point cloud data from the scanner and processing the collected data using DesignX software. Data processing using DesignX includes the steps necessary to convert the point cloud into a surface model that can be converted to an stl file for printing, and a solid model that can be modified in CAD software such as SolidWorks. This full day course will be limited to 10 participants.
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