Educational Courses


We offer a wide variety of courses on Additive Manufacturing technologies for working professionals. We can create a combination of lecture and hands-on modules to specifically meet the needs of your organization and can deliver them in any desired format at any time of the year. Here are some examples of professional courses that we have recently offered.

The Institute for Design and Manufacturing Innovation, with support from the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMPSoCal), developed an Additive Manufacturing Certification online course, specifically targeted to executive-level participants from companies affected by defense cuts.

This 12-hour online course offers an executive level Additive Manufacturing (AM) certification based on the latest industry standards and best practices.  It provides executives with comprehensive knowledge of when, where, and if AM technologies may be applied within their company to support reduced costs, add greater agility, and benefit their companies overall.

Executives completing the course will acquire an understanding of:
– AM technologies and their associated materials
– Integrating AM within existing manufacturing processes
– Typical cost types and considerations
– Value stream case studies

This course is delivered in a series of narrated lectures, video demonstrations, skill building exercises, and assessments.

If you are interested in taking this course, please contact

The Institute for Design and Manufacturing Innovation, with support from California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) in California, developed an 3-day Additive Cohort Workshop, specifically aimed at training MEP members on Additive Manufacturing (AM) in order to better advise their manufacturing constituents statewide.

This 3-day workshop offers hands on experience and broad overview and of Additive Manufacturing (AM) based on the latest industry standards and best practices. The workshop provides participants with real world experience, skill and knowledge of numerous AM technologies as well as when, where, and if they could be applied within a company to support reduced costs, add greater agility, and benefit their companies overall.

In addition to building skill through hands on experience with AM software and hardware, participants completing the workshop will fortify their knowledge of:
– AM technologies and their associated materials, benefits, drawbacks, and typical uses
– Integrating AM within existing manufacturing processes
– Typical cost types and considerations
– Value stream case studies

This workshop is delivered over a period of 3 days and includes multimedia presentations, live and recorded demonstrations, and skill building exercises.

If you are interested in taking this course, please contact

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Graduate and Undergraduate

IDMI provides manufacturing infrastructure in support of nearly all undergraduate and graduate education needs within the Henry Samueli School of Engineering.  In particular, we offer or support the following:

MAE195 – Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing
This project-based hands-on course is offered by IDMI and covers the additive manufacturing workflow, from CAD drawing to 3D printing and post-processing; nearly all additive manufacturing technologies are discussed and demonstrated. Students design, develop, manufacture and package a product of their choice for the final design assignment. Offered every quarter – 20 students per quarter.

ENG165/265 – Advanced Manufacturing Choices
This large-enrollment course covers the basics of all manufacturing technologies, from subtractive to additive processes and micro/nano-fabrication. The course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, with different requirements and expectations. IDMI provides fabrication support for the final design project, which changes every year.

ENG7A/B – Introduction to Engineering
This freshman-level, two-quarter sequence experiential learning based course introduces students to engineering design and manufacturing. Students learn fundamental principles of several engineering disciplines (from aerodynamics, to solid mechanics, controls and electronics) and apply them to the design and fabrication of a complex engineering system, e.g. a fully operational autonomous quadcopter equipped with image recognition technology. IDMI provides all fabrication support, including subtractive and additive technologies.

Senior Design Projects
IDMI provides manufacturing support (in terms of facilities and know-how) to nearly any senior design project in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, as well as some projects in other departments in the School of Engineering. Our two facilities, Fabworks and Rapidtech, are running around the clock in the weeks leading to scheduled project reviews.

Graduate Research
IDMI provides access to state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing infrastructure to graduate students in support of their research needs. We offer one-on-one advanced training for PhD students who plan to operate our equipment independently. Additionally, IDMI regularly hires graduate students as technical staff, to help with machine operation, training for undergraduate users, curriculum development and facility supervision. Our student super-users receive advanced training on state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing technologies that greatly enhance their graduate experience and industry marketability.

Outreach to Community Colleges and K-12 Schools

IDMI offers a variety of outreach activities to educate the community in advanced manufacturing. Here are some examples of what we do.

School of Engineering and IDMI staff lead a carefully selected cohort of community college students through a full-immersion, 8 week-long in-residence program aimed at designing, building and flying remote-controlled quadcopters. Students learn about design methodology, aerodynamics, propulsion, and of course advanced manufacturing. The academy has proven to be a great success, and is offered every summer.

Base 11’s STEM Entrepreneur Program at UCI puts students on the path to becoming the next game-changing innovator. The program helps students transform classroom knowledge into marketable solutions and learn how to build viable business around them.

The program’s real-world experiences will help students excel in the innovation economy, whether at major corporations or their own start-ups.


Professional, amateur, and student engineers, designers and innovators gathered at the UC Irvine’s Institute for Design and Manufacturing Innovation in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering on April 28-30, for TOM:UCI, a three-day technology marathon where participants work with local people with disabilities to develop solutions for everyday challenges.  The goal of the event is to provide affordable solutions to neglected challenges for widespread use by making original, open-source designs available online.

TOM:UCI is the newest TOM:Tikkun Olam Makers community – a global movement of makers, technology developers, and innovators who seek to solve neglected challenges of people living with disabilities worldwide. UCI’s makeathon, one of the first to take place on a US college campus, is a student-driven initiative, led by UCI sophomore Elisa Tran and senior Tin Hong, with a team of student and community volunteers.

The Makeathon was hosted by IDMI and took place in specially designed workspaces on campus and featured advanced technology including 3D printers, laser-cutting machines, and CNC machines. Five teams of “Makers” will have 56 hours to create working prototypes for their challenges.

For more information, see news article.

In partnership with the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD), UCI’s Institute for Design and Manufacturing Innovation (IDMI) is offering a FABLab Teacher Training Summer School on Additive Manufacturing and FABLab Equipment and Processes. Additive manufacturing (AM) refers to technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer upon layer of material to build products. Once a fi le is produced using a 3D modeling software, the additive manufacturing machine (otherwise known as 3D printer) reads the data from the file and lays down successive layers of material to create a 3D object.

This workshop will be taught by Ben Dolan and Veronica Swanson, instructors at the UCI School of Engineering IDMI RapidTech and FABWorks labs. Attendees will receive instruction and hands on experience on the following topics:

– 3D printing technologies
– 3D file creation, validation and preparation software
– Improving the quality of 3D prints

Hands-on experience:
– FDM 3D printers
– Laser cutters
– Molding and casting processes

This is a fantastic course to familiarize yourself with this fast growing technology and to
engage and inform your students on the future of manufacturing!

About the instructors: Benjamin Dolan is the Technical Director of the IDMI and Director of RapidTech at UCI. He has more than 15 years of experience in the development and use of technology for advanced manufacturing, specifically 3-D printing as it applies to undergraduate education and product development. Veronica Swanson is the Associate Technical Director of the IDMI. The most recent six years of Ms. Swanson’s career have been focused on designing course materials, creating and guiding experiential learning projects and generally helping others in hands-on fabrication classes within UCI’s school of engineering.