UPDATED! SAM WEBINAR, Across the AM Industry:
The required skills-set by diferent sectors - 22nd of October 2021

The webinar enabled to present the perspectives from different sectors towards a better understanding of their challenges and needs in AM. The targeted participants were policy makers, industrial organisations, blueprint projects networks, as well as the general public interested in AM. A total of 34 participants attended, being the majority involved in other sectors of activity followed by the aerospace sector, automotive, construction, health and maritime . After an overview on the Blueprints project results in the field of Automotive, Defence, Construction and Maritime, each speaker addressed their experience with AM, namely: challenges in using the technology in their sector, specific requirements; impact of using AM in workers qualification and training, among others.

The major conclusion were that:
• Globally, the represented sectors have different paces concerning the use of AM technology, which translate into wide applications (such as in the Automotive sector) or rather sparse (such as in the construction area);
• The main challenges faced by the sectors is linked to lack of qualified personnel (AM skills needs), allied with lack of information on AM advantages and potentialities, as well as the lack of resources for investing in equipment, especially for small companies;
• The Maritime sector has identified the current need for reskill engineers on 3D printing design software, 3D design, data-based modelling; production processes; safety and regulatory parameters and software
• Also the Maritime sector has identified at long term (from 2025 to 2030), the need for qualifying 3D printing technician and 3D modeler professionals.
• Raising awareness on the use and advantages of AM allied with flexible training programmes and systematic collaborative approach among stakeholders were pointed as key actions to ensure the uptake of new technologies in the future

The presentations are available here!
Here is the full video of the webinar:

The substantial growth of Additive Manufacturing is partly attributed to the fact that AM is being utilised across various sectors, which include Transportation, Medical and Health, Energy , Industry equipment and tooling, Construction among others.
In this context, there are different AM requirements across various industrial sectors, impacting on the skills requirements and qualifications for professionals from the different sectors.
To foster the uptake of AM in various sectors, the involvement of different sectorial stakeholders in the identification and validation of necessary skills/qualifications is crucial as well as the engagement with different sectorial organizations to allow a sectorial view on skills and qualifications for AM.
The webinar will address the perspectives from different sectors towards a detailed understanding of their challenges and needs in AM.

The results from Blueprints projects in the automotive DRIVES, defence, martime MATES and CONSTUCTION BLUEPRINT sectors and their linkage with AM will be showcased.

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The event speakers are:

  • Jakub Stolfa, from VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava, DRIVES coordinator
  • Lucía Fraga Lago, from Fundación CETMAR, Centro Tecnológico del Mar - MATES coordinator
  • Gualtiero Fantoni, from UNIPI – University of Pisa, ASSETs+ coordinator
  • Silvia SANTOS, from Fundación Laboral de la Constucción, Construction Blueprint coordinator