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19/11/2019 | 11:00 - 12:00

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This webinars is aimed to source the debate among the stakeholders and experts concerning the pillars that compose the skills identified by the skillman method. The original mission, the facilitation of the EU Skills Agenda designing new learning pathways in the advanced manufacturing sector, has been afterwards added with a particular debate, generated among the members about the UNESCO 17 goals on sustainable development and related, in particular, to the ethical values that connect the competences necessary for Advanced Manufacturing to the personal responsibility.


The AM technologies require different profiles provided with skills and ethical values that currently in both, the job market in general and in the industrial companies too, are still lacking in terms of numbers, knowledge and know-how. Different figures are required, from the design phase, up to the manufacturing technician to be committed in the plant, up to the technological skilled people which have a global vision (from design, up to all the post processing), without forgetting, for example, the material experts on the different additive manufacturing portfolio[1].


The members think that the new advanced manufacturing technologies and the additive manufacturing in particular, will be more and more extended to all plants and on all manufacturing process level, since the initial prototyping phase up to the real mass production. The additive manufacturing technologies will be, also, adopted in the design and manufacturing of tools for the production process itself.


Thus, the current perspective and the objectives of the members of the platform, regarding the new printing technologies in particular, includes two aspects that mainly fit also with supranational policies in the fields of education and training:


  1. the ethical issues, that placed the Advanced Manufacturing sector skills to the attention of the members due to the existing easy possibility to use low cost 3d printing system to make weapons and
  2. the need to approach the Advanced Manufacturing for a large mass market production to support a ‘rapid European or international scale-up of innovative solutions[2].

[1] Regards education, one should not underestimate the added value of re-training existing workers. Key for the deployment of additive methods in Europe is not only teaching AM skills in the educational context, but also re-focusing skills of existing workers. AMEC 2017 –

[2] LAB – FAB – APP — Investing in the European future we want, ISBN 978-92-79-70571-7, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2017