3D opportunity: The course on additive manufacturing for business leaders Massive Open Online Course

Our online course is designed to help expand your knowledge of the business implications of additive manufacturing and inform your choices about how and where to invest in these technologies.


Our complimentary massive open online course (MOOC) is designed to help managers understand the business implications of additive manufacturing (sometimes called 3D printing). The MOOC will explore the business drivers of AM and is relevant for anyone involved with strategy, supply chain, operations, R&D, manufacturing, and product development. Over the course of this self-guided session, participants will explore many topics including:

  • What is additive manufacturing? Learn the processes and technologies that fall under the AM umbrella and gain an understanding of where they fit within the universe of manufacturing technologies.
  • How will AM impact my business? Explore a framework based on economic principles that help explain how AM will influence performance, growth, innovation, and drive supply chain change.
  • What is happening in key sectors impacted by AM? Understand the current and potential uses of AM in sectors including medical technology, automotive, and aerospace and defense, and learn how you can analyze your own industry and company to define a path forward with AM.
  • What factors influence the business case for AM? Explore the key dynamics and general factors you should consider when building a business case for AM.

We would like to thank our collaborators: America Makes, Marquette University, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.