SAM Project Launches Two New Surveys To Help Provide Better Training For 3D Printing Staff
The SAM (Sector Skills Strategy in Additive Manufacturing) project has launched two new surveys that will help provide better training for future 3D printing employees.
Until December 30, 2021, the surveys invite research, technology and development centers and training organizations to share their views on practices, challenges and future training needs in additive manufacturing.
The SAM project
Funded by the European Union (EU), the SAM project is coordinated by the European Federation for Welding, Assembly and Cutting (EWF), of which the 3D printing industry is an associated partner of SAM. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop a European AMF Observatory in order to identify and provide industry with the necessary skills for the technology.
To achieve this, the project is helping to consolidate the EWF International AM Qualification System (IAMQS) which, supported by a quality assurance system, includes a set of qualifications for different skill levels in 3D printing technologies. that are aligned with industry requirements.
The IAMQS was launched in February alongside the EWF’s European Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing, which aims to address skills gaps in the sector. The roadmap outlines the critical skills shortage challenges that the additive manufacturing industry currently faces and how it is tackling them through to 2030.
Last month, the SAM project released a new set of survey results related to 3D printing education for sustainability, identifying ‘green skills’ such as resource efficiency, cycle assessments life, eco-design, circular economy practices, etc., which could be better taken into account by current training in 3D printing.
Along with the publication of the results, the SAM project has also developed an EQF level 3 training unit on sustainability for additive manufacturing, in which several of these skills will be covered in order to raise awareness of 3D printing professionals to sustainable practices.
Two new surveys
The SAM project has now launched two new surveys that it hopes will enable it to better provide additive manufacturing training to future workforce.
The first survey, “Survey on AM Skills & Trends for RTOs”, is mainly aimed at research, technology and development centers. Lasting only 5 to 8 minutes, the survey focuses on the evolution of 3D printing, the main challenges and trends in technology, and the skills that will be required in the future. The survey is divided into two sections: Background information and context and AM trends and their impact on skill needs.
The second survey, âShort-Term Survey on AM Training Practices and Challengesâ, is aimed at training organizations and seeks to understand how they envision their 3D printing training activities, their future training needs and their challenges. The survey lasts approximately five minutes and is divided into three sections: background and background, existing training practices, and future training needs and challenges.
Both surveys are available to participate until December 30, 2021.
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Featured Image Shows the SAM project coordinated by the EWF published its first report on the skills gap in the 3D printing workforce in 2020. Photo via the SAM project.