Shropshire-based digital manufacturer Protolabs has launched an online academy that aims to tackle a widening skills gap by helping engineers at any stage in their career increase their understanding of designing for injection moulding, 3D printing and CNC machining.
The inspirON academy features a series of free continuing-professional-development-accredited online training courses. Created by engineers, for engineers, the courses incorporate between six and nine hours of engaging and dynamic content, including articles, webinars and videos, enabling people to learn in a way that suits them best.
The courses cover the fundamentals of injection moulding, 3D printing and CNC machining, including how to choose the right technology and material for your part and how to design with manufacturability in mind to create more effective and cost-efficient parts. A final assessment and certificate are also included.
‘As someone who has been in and around the 3D printing industry for years – without really understanding the fundamental principles, I found the course really valuable,’ said Chris Bentley, EMEA development engineer at global manufacturer Panduit, who completed the 3D printing course. ‘The content was well communicated and structured, as well as being relevant.’
‘It’s been widely publicised that the engineering sector is facing a growing skills gap. Learning and development have a key role to play in future-proofing manufacturing businesses and enabling individuals to master new tools and technologies,’ said Rob Musselle, customer engineer manager for Europe at Protolabs. ‘The inspirON academy is part of our drive to educate the next generation of engineers. The courses we’ve created draw on the combined expertise of our team to help individuals develop their skillset – whether they’ve just started in the industry or are seasoned professionals looking for a refresher.’
Protolabs encourages those completing its courses to share their feedback, as the company looks to improve and develop the content further.
Anyone can access the inspirON academy for free here.