Funded by Erasmus +, the EU MachinE Tool Alliance for Skills (METALS) project aimed at providing machine tool builders with the sought-after skills they need in additive manufacturing.

METALS was a three-year project, carried out from 2015 to 2018 and coordinated by CECIMO.

The end of the project resulted with the release of an online and freely-available course about the fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing (AM). The course includes a total of 27 learning units divided along three main areas–knowledge on AM, work-process and entrepreneurship– covering both technical and soft skills in Additive Manufacturing. The online  AM  learning  course,  which  is available  in English,  German,  Italian  and  Spanish, intends to support AM workforce development and you can find it here:

The project raised also policy makers’ awareness about the importance of AM skills for the European advanced manufacturing sector. METALS developed a position paper, calling on Vocational Education and Training (VET) regulatory bodies across Europe to shape robust training programmes   for AM-skilled workers, and for relevant national accreditation agencies to give priority to AM skills in their respective systems.

If you want to know more, visit the project website: