One barrier to the industrial takeoff of Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technologies in Europe is the lack of trained people who are able to efficiently exploit them over the whole value chain, from raw materials to end of life.
Within this scenario, the LILIAM project – Lifelong Learning for Additive Manufacturing – aims to develop a European training qualification for different professional profiles, including specialists, engineers and managers, in the field of Additive Manufacturing. The training modules, which will combine traditional and innovative teaching approaches, will be designed by an international network of partners from 8 European countries coordinated by the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano.
The two-year project was inaugurated on January 24, 2019 and is funded by EIT – Raw Materials.
During the first year the consortium will define the requirements of the training program with the support of an industrial board composed of representatives from different sectors and different European countries, and will design the training modules (materials and processes for Additive Manufacturing, product design and optimization of process, process modeling and simulation, quality monitoring and control, technologies for post-process treatments and processes, hybrid processes, qualification and certification, standards and management of intellectual property, cost analysis and lifecycle assessment, circular economy applied to 3D printing ). During the second year, a pilot course will be implemented to develop the modules and training approaches, and to collect feedbacks from the companies involved, so as to best calibrate the program, based on actual industrial needs.
The partners will provide cutting-edge knowledge and laboratories, equipped with the predominant AM technologies, to ensure a strong hands-on training. In addition to the coordination of the project, the Department of Mechanical Engineering will design two training modules related to the monitoring and control of Additive Manufacturing processes and the management of end-of-life material recycling, in line with the goals of process sustainability and circular economy.