Design for Additive Manufacturing

As an alternative production possibility, additive manufacturing offers opportunities for innovation in many respects. New business models, opportunities for cost optimisation and accelerated product development cycles are just a few examples of what additive manufacturing has to offer.

In this course:

  • you implement the principles of design for additive manufacturing (AM),
  • you understand and apply digital data preparation,
  • you learn to work with calculation methods such as Finite Element Methods (FEM), topology optimisation and simulation tools,
  • you use a method of additive thinking to design components.


  • Degree/Certificate Course confirmation
  • Duration 4 days
  • Schedule 21.11.2024, 22.11.2024, 5.12.2024, 6.12.2024
  • Application deadline Up to 10 days before the start of the course
  • ECTS credits None, can be credited to CAS Additive Manufacturing (12 ECTS)
  • Costs CHF 2’500.–
  • Teaching language English/German
  • Location Biel, Aarbergstrasse 46
    Hybrid teaching, remote participation possible
  • School School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Next session Autumn 2024


You apply the principles of design required for additive manufacturing (AM). You understand and apply digital data preparation. You learn calculation methods such as FEM, topology optimisation and simulation tools. You apply a method of additive thinking to design components.

Learning objectives

  • You understand the process chain for an industrial application of additive manufacturing.
  • You acquire the required knowledge for the development and introduction of additive manufacturing.
  • You learn to assess the possibilities and limitations of additive manufacturing.
  • R&D engineers, production engineers
  • Project managers and product managers
  • Process developers and business development managers
  • CTOs, CDOs, managing directors
  • Additive design principles
  • Applications of AM
  • Topology optimisation
  • Positioning and support structures
  • Data format
  • Reverse engineering
  • Measurement technology, 3D scans
  • Macro simulation of the building process and error reduction
  • Design Workshop RIC @Swiss m4m Center
  • Design Day @CSEM
  • Practical day @Swiss m4m Center

You have an affinity for technology or perform professional tasks that require a basic understanding of technology. You have an affinity for technology or perform professional tasks that require a basic understanding of technology.


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Classes are held at Aarbergstrasse 46 in the new building of the Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne (SIPBB), which is withing easy reach of Biel/Bienne railway station.

A location with many advantages

  • Classrooms within two minutes walking distance from Biel/Bienne railway station
  • Ideal train connections from Bern’s main railway station (every 15 minutes) and from Bern Wankdorf (every 30 minutes)
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure in the new SIPBB building
  • Various catering options in the immediate vicinity
  • Innovation and networking events

And that’s not all! Biel/Bienne is…

  • an innovation hotspot,
  • a university city,
  • an industrial and service city with numerous major players in the watchmaking, mechanical engineering, precision engineering and medical technology industries and major representatives of the communications and telecommunications sectors,
  • bordered by Lake Biel and its wide range of sports and leisure facilities,
  • a city that embodies bilingualism,
  • a town with a vibrant cultural life.

Biel, Aarbergstrasse 46

Bern University of Applied Sciences

Engineering and Computer Science
Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne
Aarbergstrasse 46
CH 2503 Biel