Invention is less ‘blue-sky’ thinking and more a gradual and iterative process that complements and supports continuous process improvement.
Both innovation and invention depend on design thinking (starts with an open question) which is different to engineering thinking (begins with a problem statement). Engineers need to learn how to switch gears between both. 
This course nurtures a design mindset by mentoring engineers and technicians as they adjust their thinking for additional or different constraints and possibility as presented by additive manufacturing .
On completion of this course, participants will be able to develop a design idea from initial concept to production. They will have the competency to approach problems from different angles, 3D design model and select most suitable materials for parts and prototype production.

Features of this blended learning experience:

- Selection of work-integrated projects
- Expert 1-to-1 coaching on-demand (evenings 4-6 pm)
- Creation of a 3D printed prototype portfolio (using Inventor or Solid works)
- Support from a state-of-the-art Learning Management System through-out

Course timeline:

This newly co-created structured programme runs (mainly) online over 4 - 6 weeks. Learners can either be proficient in 3D design or simply able to read technical drawing and free-sketch designs. 

Video content is largely self-paced with 5 online group tutorials and 4-6 expert-mentored 1-to-1 sessions.

The culmination is a Demonstration Day in Athlone where their 3D-printed parts and prototype portfolio is viewed and learning shared by the cohort.

This course is CPD points recognised by Engineers Ireland.

The Engineering Skillnet is co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. For further information or to request other dates, please contact

Start Date April 20, 2023
Time 9.30 am
Duration 6 weeks
Delegate Price €1,635 (+VAT)
Location Virtual