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ShakeAM (Learning by SHAring Knowledge in dEsign for AM) project addresses the need to increase the capacity and readiness of Higher Education (HE) institutions to manage an effective shift towards digital technologies for a systematic approach regarding the training delivery and acquisition of digital skills and competencies on Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) by HE students and designer professionals (AM and non-AM experienced).

ShakeAM project will be developing a DfAM Digital Ecosystem:

Within the ShakeAM project will be developing a DfAM Digital Ecosystem. It will enable the implementation of DfAM training pillars and share experiences using a Design Best Practices Database on the topic through a forum to be created and integrated into the Ecosystem. This Ecosystem will facilitate HE systems to have first-hand on the best practices of DfAM and transfer this knowledge and training through the Ecosystem to the students. It will align with existing AM qualifications (from the IAMQS) developed in line with the EU recommendations and tools. The quality of the training and proposed methodology will contribute to the sustainable growth of such subject, continuous innovation, and recognition of the qualification (and associated Learning Outcomes) across different EU countries.

ShakeAM project aims to support teachers and general teaching professionals in becoming familiar with digital pedagogy/digital education and up to date with the latest best practices, improving their competencies and being able to transfer them to their students. Through the DfAM Digital Ecosystem, the ShakeAM project will also support the learners from HE institutions to have a smoother transition from the educational to the professional world. The Ecosystem will also contribute to strengthening lifelong learning, enabling the personal development of individuals through their life, as AM, specifically DfAM, is constantly evolving. The Ecosystem will contribute to the overall digital transformation plan of HE institutions, as well as the target groups it addresses. It will also, promote an easier transference of DfAM best practices both to VET and Adult Education institutions, due to its planned structure.