DRAMA: why we all need to know about design for additive manufacture

Autodesk, Birmingham B10 0HJ

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How parts are designed for additive manufacture matters to nearly every aerospace supplier

To understand what the coming wave of additive manufacturing (AM) in the aerospace industry could mean for your company, you need to understand how parts are designed in AM. You need to know this even if you think you're a make-to-print subcontract parts manufacturer.

This workshop will focus on design in additive manufacture and these are the questions we’ll be focusing on:

  • How can you work out if the parts you make today are candidates for additive manufacture in future – presenting you with business opportunities or competitive threats? Understanding how parts are designed in AM will help you work it out yourself, now. 
  • Can you learn the basics of additive design now so you can have parts made rapidly today (e.g. tooling, parts for other industries) by additive manufacturing specialists? The answer is, you can, so you can start learning about and getting involved in AM now.
  • What are the some of the challenges at the frontier of AM design for aerospace? One for the specialists, perhaps, but will give you a rounded view of where additive is going. 


The event is part of the three-year DRAMA additive manufacturing project. The Midlands Aerospace Alliance is a partner in the project to help our members, and the UK aerospace supply chain as a whole, understand, adopt and adapt to this new technology.

DRAMA aims to establish world-class additive manufacturing ‘test bed’ facilities and a corresponding digital-twin virtual environment for the aerospace industry and its supply chain. The test bed facilities will be at the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM), located at The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Coventry and at Renishaw’s AM Solution Centre in Stone, Staffordshire. For more about DRAMA and the support on offer click here.

The workshop is kindly being hosted by DRAMA partner Autodesk, in Birmingham. There is the opportunity of an optional tour of Autodesk’s excellent facilities at the end of the workshop – highly recommended.

Workshop agenda

9:30 Registration and refreshments

10.00 Session 1

  • The DRAMA programme and the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing
  • What kinds of components benefit most from being designed for additive manufacture and why?
  • How to work with an additive design bureau

11:20 Refreshments

11:40 Session 2

  • Autodesk – Manufacturing Industry Futures
  • Generative design

12:30 Lunch

1.15 Session 3

  • Design optimisation, manufacturing preparation and simulation
  • Additive materials data and how this influences the design process
  • Design for manufacturing

14:05 Wrap up

14:15 Tour of Autodesk additive manufacturing

15:00 Event ends


This event is now fully booked!