Additive Academy

The Additive Academy: Your Path to Additive Success!

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The training of designers, engineers and decision-makers in industry continues to play a key role in the further market implementation of additive production. For example, a change in thinking must take place, particularly in component design, in order to tap the potential of additive production in the form of radical lightweight construction or component integration for the respective product spectrum.


About us

The Additive Academy imparts application-oriented knowledge on topics related to the industrial use of additive manufacturing. The training program ideally combines theory and practice and, in addition to theoretical training, also includes hands-on training directly on the machines, which is conducted by a total of 40 experts from one of the leading institutes for additive production.

Our offer

In order to comprehensively educate designers, engineers and decision-makers in industry on the topic of additive manufacturing, Fraunhofer IAPT offers various advanced training opportunities:

  • Certification for “Metal Additive Manufacturing Professional – Design”: the new 2-week certificate course in combination of online and face-to-face teaching on the topic. 
  • Course for Professionals: These courses are open for the public and inviduals can register to them. Check out our upcoming dates below. 
  • Course for Enterprises and Business: Discover our seminar and workshops on the topic of additive manufacturing. Download the brochure.


Certificate Metal Additive Professional
Certification for “Metal Additive Manufacturing Professional – Design”

Certificate: Metal Additive Manufacturing Professional – Design

Overview of the study program

Type of course Certificate
Course level Intermediate/ Advanced
Course duration 80h
Number of participants 6 - max. 12 participants
Language of instruction English
Frormat Online or in Person
Speakers Experts from the Frunhofer IAPT
Attendance A mix of online, classroom and hands-on training 
Course fee €7,500 (exam and certificate included)
Event location Fraunhofer IAPT or at your company

Admission criteria

A successfully completed engineering degree with practical training in design using CAD programs


A minimum of one year of professional work in an engineering environment involving design using CAD programs. Please contact Hussein Tarhini directly if you are interested.


During the certificate course "Metal Additive Manufacturing Professional - Design" you will acquire the necessary expertise for the comprehensive handling of metal-based additive technologies, optionally in the field of design or production. As proof of your acquired expertise, you will receive a qualifying certificate from the Fraunhofer Personnel Certification Body (accredited according to ISO 17024).

Learning Goals

  • Overview of additive manufacturing technologies including LBM, EBM, DED and BJ.
  • Design and construction principles for each technology
  • Practical design and CAD capabilities for AM 
  • Process simulation and interpretation for AM design
  • Topology optimization and bionic design
  • Interpretation of optimization for AM 
  • Digital process chain, material properties, process parameters, machine operation and quality assurance

Course of Inviduals and Professionals


For registration or inquiries about space availability please contact Hussein Tarhini.

Further training offers of the Additive Academy

Besprechung von Personen

Our further training offer - tailored to your needs

Our comprehensive seminar program offers suitable training and workshop content for various business areas such as production, management and design, and is aimed at anyone interested in additive technologies. The requirement levels of the training courses are also adapted to the previous knowledge of the participants and we distinguish between three course levels in all areas: Starter, Advanced and Expert.

In addition, we offer a two-week certificate course and an e-learning course to get you started.

Of course, we also offer customized training courses tailored to your specific needs, as well as on-site workshops at your company. Each of our offerings gives you first-hand, practical knowledge.

Tabelle Additive Academy
Tabelle Additive Academy Zertifikatskurs


Type of course: Seminar, online, certificate
Online or in Person
Graduation Certificate
Duration: In our brochure you will find all the information about the training duration and content
Course language: English
Organizer Fraunhofer IAPT


Our AM basic training enables you to quickly and successfully get started with 3D printing.

We show you how to recognize the potential of additive manufacturing and find suitable applications in your company. You will learn which technologies are relevant for you from an independent perspective.

In a 1-day face-to-face training or online training on 2 mornings, with a focus on design or production, prepares you optimally to successfully explore the broad field of additive manufacturing for yourself.

The 2-day interactive workshop Learning Expedition offers decision-makers an entry into the world of additive manufacturing to identify strategic development opportunities and new business areas.


Building on the previous knowledge of the AM basic training, participants can deepen their knowledge in detail and in a practice-oriented manner:

The 2-day Design for Additive Manufacturing training offers design engineers and designers an in-depth look at AM production-oriented design and design exercises with AM software solutions.

In the 3-day Hands-on Training with a focus on design or production, you can experience the process chain live and learn directly from the professionals how, for example, costs for misprints can be minimized.

In the 4-day Bionic Design training, you not only go through the entire process chain for the design of bionically optimized lightweight components, but also design and manufacture a component yourself.

The 1-day Management Deep Dive Workshop is aimed at decision-makers in the field of additive production who want to gain a compact and at the same time in-depth insight into the technology.


At the expert level, we offer a wide range of training courses depending on the level of knowledge and in-depth subject matter. Please contact us if your question is not yet covered in a training.


Our newly developed E-Learning program is ideal as an introduction to 3D printing. The approx. 6-hour learning program enables participants to learn about the various technologies of additive manufacturing with metal and plastic in a structured manner, independent of time and location and at their own pace.

Participants can go beyond pure knowledge acquisition to identify concrete use cases from their work environment and deal with the appropriate technology selection (process selection). Using examples, explanatory videos, relevant technology comparisons, exercises and quizzes, each participant can test themselves and a sense of the possibilities and limitations of the individual additive manufacturing technologies will develop very quickly.

Please contact Hussein Tarhini directly if you are interested.


The Fraunhofer IAPT's Additive Academy is the first choice for independent training in the field of additive manufacturing:

  • Gain a profound understanding of additive manufacturing, its benefits and limitations in a short period of time
  • We train your employees in target group specific practice-oriented hands-on trainings
  • Learn how to use AM-related software and hardware from a neutral application perspective
  • We enable you to find new ways of thinking in product design
  • Experience the full range of industrial research and benefit from being one step ahead of the game
  • Learn from cutting-edge research results
  • Benefit from customized training and individual workshops
  • Exploit the full potential of additive manufacturing for your business with our training courses

Certificate: Metal Additive Manufacturing Professional – Design

We are now offering a 2-week certificate course. 


Further training offers of the Additive Academy

Visit other seminars of the Fraunhofer Academy or send us a request for customized and customer-specific training.