AMTIL’s Additive Manufacturing Hub (AM Hub) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Barnes Global Advisors (TBGA) engineering consultancy to deliver training solutions for Australia’s additive manufacturing community.

Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, TBGA is the world’s largest independent additive manufacturing engineering consultancy. It helps companies work through the adoption of additive manufacturing processes, covering strategy, design, leadership, training, materials and economics. TBGA’s CEO and founder John Barnes previously worked with CSIRO, where he helped establish the Lab22 Innovation Centre, one of Australia’s leading centres for metallic additive manufacturing. TBGA’s team of specialists collectively boasts well over 130 years of experience in additive manufacturing.

The company already has a well-established presence in the UK and Europe as well as across the US. With its new partnership with the AMHub, TBGA’s additive manufacturing training is now available on five continents. Initially TBGA will be offering the Additive Manufacturing Certificate for Engineers, Managers and Executives, delivered in collaboration with Purdue University’s Online College of Engineering. The Additive Manufacturing Certificate Program is ideal for professionals with a manufacturing background and is designed to bring you from novice to broad awareness. As an online course, training can be undertaken at your pace and in line with your schedule.

“TBGA has an unrivalled reputation when it comes to helping manufacturers bring additive processes into their operations,” said John Croft, Manager of the AM Hub. “The Additive Manufacturing Certificate Program is a recognised course delivered by Purdue University, a highly regarded US university with outstanding credentials in the additive manufacturing space.”

Further down the line, TBGA will also be delivering a range of additional training options, including shorter and more specialised courses, that will also be available via the AM Hub.

“This will be the first of a series of courses that will be developed around additive manufacturing which will be offered as we move forward,” Croft added. “Our plan is to engage with the Australian manufacturing industry by bringing a range of short courses brought to you by experienced industry leaders to start the building skillsets around additive manufacturing!”

Led by AMTIL and supported by the Victorian Government, the Additive Manufacturing Hub has been established to grow and develop additive manufacturing capability. To find out more, contact John Croft, AM Hub Manager, on 03 9800 3666, or email