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University of Michigan

Additive Manufacturing

University of Michigan via Coursera


This course, Additive Manufacturing, is the third course in the Coursera Specialization, Digital Technologies and the Future of Manufacturing. In this course, learners will be introduced to the concept of Additive Manufacturing, learn how it is applied in manufacturing, and what businesses should consider as they decide to implement this technology. Considerations include the economics of the technology, information technology infrastructure, manufacturing ecosystem partners, the business value of implementing Additive Manufacturing, and what needs to happen across the organization to ensure successful implementation. Learners will hear from industry experts as they share their perspectives on the opportunities and challenges of implementing Additive Manufacturing, how Additive Manufacturing is being implemented in their companies, and insights on the future of this technology within their industry and across manufacturing. The content presented in this course draws on a number of real-life interviews and case studies, and was created through a partnership with Siemens.


  • What is Additive Manufacturing?
    • Welcome to Additive Manufacturing! This week, you'll learn the basics behind this technology and will be able to describe the applications and and uses for additive manufacturing within a manufacturing setting.
  • Business Context of Additive Manufacturing
    • In our second week, we will learn about the economic trade offs of additive manufacturing, the partners that form the AM ecosystem, and the business context/advantages of additive manufacturing. We'll also review risks and challenges surrounding this technology.
  • Future Trend, Course Summary, and Series Conclusion
    • In our final week, you'll learn about future trends in additive manufacturing and spend time working through a case project for your final assessment. And as the final course in the specialization, Dr. Krishnan will provide insights from all 3 courses in the specialization, and discuss the business and social implications of applying these technologies.

Taught by

M.S. Krishnan


4.7 rating at Coursera based on 65 ratings

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