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Deloitte University Press Launches Free Online Course on Additive Manufacturing

July 17th, 2014 by Jeff Rowe

This week Deloitte University Press announced the launch of a massive open online course (MOOC) on the business implications of additive manufacturing (AM). Entitled, “3D Opportunity: The Course on Additive Manufacturing for Business Leaders,” it is the first course of its kind to be offered by a large professional services firm and is designed to help educate the market on the business drivers behind additive manufacturing/3D printing.

3D opportunity: Deloitte’s MOOC on additive manufacturing (3D Printing) for business

Deloitte University Press developed the MOOC in collaboration with America Makes, 3D Systems, Marquette University, and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

“3D Opportunity” explores the business drivers of additive manufacturing and is relevant for anyone involved with strategy, supply chain, operations, R&D, manufacturing, and product development.

Mark Cotteleer, a research director with Deloitte Services LP and former business school professor at Marquette University and the University of Chicago, is teaching the course. Cotteleer will be joined by specialists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and America Makes during the course.

The MOOC is comprised of 26 mini-lectures organized into five modules and featuring high-quality video lectures, motion graphics, and assessments. Most lectures are between 5 and 7 minutes in length, and short lecture quizzes will be used to help students assess their retention of the material. To deepen their understanding and further explore how additive manufacturing applies to their own organizations, students can optionally perform “take-home” assignments that will be evaluated by peers taking the course. Participants who complete the course and receive 70 percent or better on the module-ending quizzes will receive a certificate of completion.

During the MOOC, participants will explore many topics, including:

  • What is AM?
  • How will AM impact my business?
  • What is happening in key sectors impacted by AM?
  • What factors influence the business case for AM?

3D Opportunity is free and open to the public and will be available through August 8.

To register, visit

I’m going to take advantage of this unique educational opportunity and would encourage you to do the same.

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