The well-established PM Life Additive Manufacturing Training has been revised and will take place as a hybrid training event in 2021. This way, it provides more flexibility in terms of accessibility and self-learning aspects without compromising on the extensive practical on-site training days. The preparatory webinars (Fundamentals) will take place online while the practical training (Practice) will be held at Fraunhofer IFAM in Dresden, Germany. On the last day, a written exam will conclude the event and participants will receive an EPMA certificate of participation. 

For those wishing to gain profound insights into the current state of Additive Manufacturing technologies for metal and ceramic parts, including non-beam methods like binder jetting and fused filament fabrication, this is the perfect event to join. In addition to lectures given by experts from academia and industry, the practical program includes plant and lab visits as well as practical hands-on exercises. This year’s industry presentations will feature contributions from ExOne and Materialise, as well as a visit of an industrial AM production site. 


For more information on Additive Manufacturing, EPMA has a short introduction here.


Fundamentals: 12, 14, 15 July 2021     Practise: 6-8 September 2021
Dresden, Germany

Fees*: EPMA Member €1950 / Non-Member €2450 / Academic €1600 / Individual (unemployed) €500



Fundamentals - Online:

Monday 12 July 2021

Welcome and general introduction to Additive Manufacturing

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Weißgärber; Dr.-Ing. Olaf Andersen, Fraunhofer IFAM

Solid state Additive Manufacturing technologies

Dr.-Ing. Kay Reuter, Fraunhofer IFAM

Wednesday 14 July 2021

Laser Beam Melting and Electron Beam Melting (EBM)

Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Müller, Fraunhofer IWU; Johannes Trapp, Fraunhofer IFAM

Metal powders for AM – Properties and characterization

Dr.-Ing. Burkhardt Klöden, Fraunhofer IFAM

Thursday 15 July 2021

Design for Additive Manufacturing and industrial use cases


Economical and ecological aspects of Additive Manufacturing

Dr.-Ing. Olaf Andersen, Fraunhofer IFAM


Practise- Onsite:

Monday 6 September 2021

Welcome and briefing for the AM Training Week

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Weißgärber; Dr.-Ing. Olaf Andersen, Fraunhofer IFAM

Laser-based powder bed fusion of metals: technology and case studies

Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Müller, Fraunhofer IWU

Additive Manufacturing of ceramics & lab visit Fraunhofer IKTS

Dr.-Ing. Tassilo Moritz, Fraunhofer IKTS

Industrial case studies

Michael D‘Hoore, Materialise GmbH

Visit of Fraunhofer IFAM labs
Social event in the city of Dresden


Tuesday 7 September 2021

Hybrid Technologies in Additive Manufacturing

Prof. Dr. Frank Brückner, Fraunhofer IWS

Exam preparation

Dr.-Ing. Olaf Andersen, Fraunhofer IFAM

Plant visit

H+E Produktentwicklung GmbH, Moritzburg

Wednesday 8 September 2021

Lab work: Powder characterization

Binder Jetting: Current research and industrial applications

Claus Aumund-Kopp, Fraunhofer IFAM; Industry (ExOne, tbc)


Exam feedback, certificates, and farewell

Dr.-Ing. Olaf Andersen, Dr.-Ing. Thomas Weißgärber, Fraunhofer IFAM




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