Open X Launches First University Collaboration With UCSDX

Nov 23 / Landen Seal


November 23rd, 2020, San Diego, California

Open X Education and University of California San Diego Ext. have joined forces to bring the public a new training opportunity to build the critical skill sets needed in the modern workforce. 

This entirely online certificate program is designed to enable any learner to develop the key skills needed to work at employers in Aerospace, Defense, Manufacturing and Engineering fields both locally and across the United States of America. 


November 23rd, 2020, San Diego, California

Additive Manufacturing has revolutionized manufacturing operations and industrial production by offering a more dynamic and flexible digital process. AM provides Engineers with the ability to design and produce parts that incorporate complex structures and materials without requiring assembly. Additionally, they can customize products, produce small quantities at a reasonable price, and increase efficiency by reducing lead times and costs.

Historically, learning the collection of skills to enable an individual to become an effective and demonstrative professional in Additive Manufacturing has been costly, confusing and inaccessible. 

UCSDX & Open X have spent a year designing, developing and producing a curriculum taught by world expert's - bringing industry validated knowledge to the general public and enabling the public to become qualified and certified in these complex skills. 

UCSDX & Open X's Collaboration

UCSDX and Open X both see the outstanding need in the current world for a new approach at developing work-force trainings, that enable individuals to succeed in modern careers.

"UCSD Extension is excited to partner with Open X Education to provide our students an Additive Manufacturing certificate to complement our existing Mechanical Engineering Certificate." - Svetislav Maric, Director of Engineering & IT Programs, UCSD Extension 

"Open X recognizes that one of the fundamental pillars to enabling the general public and total nation's ability to adopt more technology begins at Universities. We are both proud and excited to launch this collaboration with UCSDX as we see this as a critical step forward in our mission to enabling the industries we support with more trained and certified technology talent." - Cody James, Founder, Open

This program is the beginning of several efforts between UCSDX and Open X, all of which will be online training for workforce skills, centered predominately around the underserved Manufacturing and Engineering fields. 

Additive Manufacturing Certificate

Originally used for rapid prototyping, Additive M (AM) has evolved into what we know today as 3D printing. Additive Manufacturing is the process of joining materials, layer upon layer, to create an object from a 3D model. Typically, these 3D models are designed utilizing computer-aided-design (CAD) software or a 3D object scanner. This transformative approach that goes from digital to physical enables the creation of stronger, lighter, and more complex products used across many industries including Healthcare, Aerospace, and Automotive.

Additive Manufacturing has revolutionized manufacturing operations and industrial production by offering a more dynamic and flexible digital process. AM provides Engineers with the ability to design and produce parts that incorporate complex structures and materials without requiring assembly. Additionally, they can customize products, produce small quantities at a reasonable price, and increase efficiency by reducing lead times and costs.
The Additive Manufacturing Certificate is designed for professionals, engineering graduates or those seeking to enter the field of AM – 3D printing. Through hands-on experience participants will learn the principles, standards, materials and application of Additive Manufacturing. This highly practical program will allow students to enter the field of Additive Manufacturing.

    Program Benefits

  • Hands-on experience with applications of modeling AM using SolidWorks and CATIA V5.
  • Learn to design components for appropriate use in AM and measure parts in according to industry standards (GD&T).
  • Developed and taught by industry professionals.
  • 100% Online. Accessible 24/7/365 from all modern devices.


    Key Program Topics

  • SolidWorks computer-aided design and analysis software

  • Additive Manufacturing technologies, printing process, materials, and post-processing.

  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) practical applications

  • Industrial Robotics Programming & Fundamentals 

  • CATIA V5 Computer Aided Design 3D Product Lifecycle Management software for product development.

Demand & Career Outlook 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary for Additive Manufacturing is $68,771 per year nationwide. Additive Manufacturing jobs posting trends have grown 65% in the past five years. According to Burning Glass, top companies hiring individuals for Additive Manufacturing jobs include Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman and The Boeing Company. 
Who Will Benefit

  • Individuals interested in entering the exiting field of Additive Manufacturing, specifically

  • Professionals with engineering backgrounds, typically Mechanical Engineering

  • Students with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (preferred) or any other Engineering disciplines.

  • Students with no technical training that have High School prerequisite knowledge to enter the field.

    Read the official UCSDX Page Below:

    https://extension.ucsd.edu/courses-and-programs/additive-manufacturing