The qualification project addmanu knowledge, initiated by the Industrial Liaison Department of the Montanuniversität Leoben and funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), received highly positive feedback from the 3D-printing industry.
The Industrial Liaison Department of the Montanuniversität Leoben developed, together with different Austrian enterprises and research institutions, a program to train people to become additive manufacturing managers, certified according to ISO 17024. ‘An important training goal is the integration of questions from the participants’ company in order to bring the knowledge learned back into the work process,’ explains Dr Brigitte Kriszt, project manager at Montanuniversität. The pilot program also showed that the combination of face-to-face training and distance learning meets companies’ needs.
Additive manufacturing is playing an increasingly important role in the manufacturing industry. Besides, a lively start-up scene has emerged, which has already shown its ability to create many new jobs. This development also brings an enormous need for innovative knowledge and education, particularly for industrial applications. In industry, many different processes are used that place high demands on additive manufacturing, including techniques that have little to do with the general understanding of 3-D printing. ‘Since many technologies in this area are very new, networking between individual companies and scientific partners is essential,’ emphasizes Kriszt.
Voices from the industry
The first comments from the companies involved are very positive.
‘I was extremely impressed by the broad but also deep knowledge that the participants acquired in this course. Also, the project works were excellent and addressed very topical issues’, says Dr Johannes Homa, owner of Lithoz GmbH, President of the technology platform Additive Manufacturing Austria and examiner of the certification commission.
‘During the addmanu knowledge course, the participants impressively demonstrated their potential and skills in imparting knowledge about additive manufacturing. This took place both in the form of interesting practical work and excellent final exams. Continuous further training is an important component, especially in a rapidly changing discipline like additive manufacturing’, confirms Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Tanda, from O.K + Partner GmbH and examiner of the certification committee.
The next course starts in autumn 2021.