Additive Manufacturing Lab Experience

Over the last 20 years, Additive Manufacturing (AM) of metals such as Powder Bed Laser Fusion (PBLF) has gained an increasingly amount of attention from a largely diversified group of research institutes and industrial end-users. Enabling factors for this development are the ability to exploit the increased complexity over conventional manufacturing methods, while diminishing the need for expensive tooling. The extended possibilities in freedom of design, however, render expertise in the design for additive manufactured parts indispensable. A solid design influences both, part quality and manufacturing costs and thus governs economic viability of this manufacturing technology. During this course, you will create a deep insight into the production surroundings of AM.

This course is the follow-up of the Additive Manufacturing State of Art course

What will you learn in this Additive Manufacturing course?

On completion of the course, you have a deep insight into the production surrounding of Additive Manufacturing. It’s a hands-on training with leading software solutions for data preparation. These solutions cover the complete process chain, from converting a generated STL file input to the sliced supported machine data file. In addition, starting and depacking of a metal AM process is offered to learn about the complete workflow of AM processes.

For who is this course meant?

The course is mainly meant for designers, manufacturers, product engineers and project leaders who design products or parts.

Course level

University of applied sciences / higher education (HBO)
The Certificate of attendance of Course 1 is obligatory to join the course.


2 days State of the art + 3 days Lab Experience, from 9.00 AM - 4.30 PM, once a week

Certificate of attendance

After completing the course you receive a certificate of attendance

Course material

An extensive English syllabus with images and brief texts. Because this field is continuously in development, the course material will be updated frequently to the latest state of technical affairs. The course will be given in English. Participants are invited to contribute their own developed parts to discuss them as a practical case study.

Practical session during the course

This course is organized in cooperation with Aconity3D and Xilloc. Day three will take place at Xilloc in Geelen. The fifth day will take place at Aconity3D in the laboratory of the Fraunhofer Research Institute in Aachen. This day consists of an interactive program.

Day 1: State of the Art Additive Manufacturing and its Materials

  • Introduction of AM technologies and global developments.
  • In depth view of most important metal AM processes.
  • In depth view of common metal Materials for AM and their mechanical properties.
  • Identification of business cases and economic potential for AM.

Day 2: Process deep dive and Design for Additive Manufacturing

  • Introduction of most important Process Parameters.
  • Understand major process possibilities and restrictions.
  • Deducing of Design rules from acquired knowledge.
  • Interactive Design study on exemplified part.
  • Future prospects of AM.

Day 3: Day at Xilloc (Geleen)

  • Introduction in Polymer AM and its technologies.
  • Understand major process possibilities and restrictions.
  • Deducing of Design rules from acquired knowledge.
  • Guided tour through the Xilloc Factory.
  • Introduction of post processing possibilities and Quality assurance.
  • Understand the cost structure for polymer AM processes.
  • Future of Polymer AM processes.

Day 4: Software solutions and job preparation

  • Understanding the possibilities and limitations of the STL file format.
  • Get to know supporting Design tools: Topology Optimization.
  • Hands- On Software Training on market leading Software Magics.
  • Prepare individualized part for Lab Day.
  • Understand the cost structure for AM processes.

Day 5: Lab Day in Aachen

  • Preparing a metal AM job: Do’s and don’ts.
  • Start a job with self-prepared parts.
  • Guided Lab Tour Aconity3D and Fraunhofer Research Institute.
  • Introduction of post processing possibilities and Quality assurance.
  • Unpacking your own manufactured part.

All participants will be granted a free trial version of Magics 19 and 3-matic STL provided by Materialise over the lengths of the AM Lab Experience training.

Would you like to know more about the possibilities for organizing this course in-house at your company?


We visit you free of obligation, so that we obtain a clear view of your organization, the target group and your objectives.


A good adjustment to your company-specific situation and the deployment of very experienced teachers who have earned their spurs in practice. Mikrocentrum is CEDEO-accredited.


Organizing an in-house course for multiple people often offers an interesting price advantage.


In the end, it is the result that counts. Our personal and flexible approach, the practice-oriented approach and most of all our experienced and specialized teachers all contribute to this success.

For more information, please contact:
Jeroen Gijsberts, or by phone at +31 (0)6 47 07 99 63

Tobias KlimkaKnipselit studied mechanical engineering focusing on medical technology at RWTH University Aachen. He worked at Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology in the field of process development for Additive Manufacturing processes of resorbable implant materials. Since 2016, he directs the areas of consulting and testing facilities for Aconity3D GmbH, which in addition to consulting, material distribution and implementation of customer-specific Laser Beam Melting solutions offers on-demand part manufacturing. Beside his work in consultancy, Tobias Klimkait is in charge of managing different development projects. Main focus of his development work is process and material development for Laser Beam Melting.



MaikelBeerensMaikel Beerens, entrepreneur pur sang is the CEO and founder of Xilloc Medical B.V. and holds a degree in medical engineering. For his bachelor thesis, Maikel developed a protocol for the design, manufacturing and marketing of Patient-Specific Implants for MUMC+ and received a national technology award for this thesis. For the case study, serving as a guide through his thesis, Beerens used the 3D printing technology for the first time worldwide, for the production of a titanium Patient-Specific Implant. This implant was implanted successfully and positioned the MUMC+ on the map as one of the pioneering groups in this field. He also worked on the EC funded 6th Framework Programme projects Custom-Fit and Custom-IMD, developing new biomaterials and additive manufacturing technologies for Patient-Specific Implants. In 2016, Maikel received significant funding to start the biggest professional 3D print factory of the Netherlands that offers 3D printing and consultancy services to industrial companies in for example the automotive and aerospace fields.


Register City Start date Start time End time Price Sessions
Veldhoven 10-11-2020 9:00 16:30 € 3470 5
Veldhoven 11-05-2021 9:00 16:30 € 3470 5

Mikrocentrum uses all-inclusive rates. All mentioned rates are exclusive of VAT and include course materials and package costs.

Members of the Mikrocentrum High Tech Platform get a 10% discount.

The day package consists of unlimited use of coffee, tea, water and an extensive lunch, and soft drinks in the afternoon.
The afternoon-evening package consists of unlimited use of coffee, tea, water and dinner including a drink.
The evening package consists of unlimited use of coffee, tea and water.