Design Process and Software for AM: Focus on Part Functionality

LUT University


Learn about design steps involved in creating metal AM parts and study the process workflow from first draft to final product.


In additive manufacturing, functionality of the part becomes the primary design focus, whereas other methods limit design freedom to accessibility of tools or moulds. Key difference in design for AM is in customizing the part specifically for superior performance. In general, parts not specifically designed for AM are not worth manufacturing with it. Designing the part specifically for AM gives performance enhancements through design freedom and at the same, optimizes its manufacturability. Software tools help to create parts with unique design and improved characteristics of final product.


This course is for engineers, product designers, system-, material and process providers, SMEs, R&D institutions and for those who wish to learn about workflow and steps involved in metal additive manufacturing.


  • 4 weeks, approximately 1 hour per week


  • Heidi Piili,
  • Anna Unt,

WHAT are the learning outcomes for this course?

After completing this course, the learners will be able to:

  • Have an overview of software tools involved in AM design
  • Identify opportunities that lead to savings in costs and production time
  • Describe aspects unique to AM design
  • Explain the function of support structures and their roles during printing

WHAT subjects are covered on the course?

  • Impact of design on part manufacturing and performance
  • Stages of part design process
  • Characteristic features that need to be accounted for in printing of AM parts
  • Stages that part undergoes on a way from first draft to ready product

WHY should learners join this course?

Key set of technologies for additive manufacturing of metal parts can be adopted by every major advanced manufacturing segment. This course introduces the different aspects that need to be accounted for in designing for AM, and reasons for using certain geometries and methods. Generally, each choice of material, equipment, processing method etc. has an impact on part production and its performance in use, the selections must be justified and support manufacturability. Simulation driven design for additive manufacturing reduces human errors and time delays and serves as foundation for all value adding steps in AM. Majority of the new jobs created in field of AM expect workers to have at least some level of literacy regarding software tools involved. Becoming familiar with main concepts and process workflow will help to gain deeper perspective about opportunities and functionality AM has to offer.


Moodle is the interactive learning environment of Lappeenranta University of Technology.


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