With the rise of additive manufacturing, we as designers need to dig deeper into our designs, with the aim of getting straight to the heart of functionality, without limiting ourselves to previous notions of what something is “supposed” to look like. In this talk, the speaker will discuss his lab’s ongoing research into establishing an evidence-based design for additive manufacturing mindset in human designers as derived from years of research. This will include discussion of the types of designs that engineers are likely to generate early-on in their design process, as well as how these designs align with the principles of traditional manufacturing or additive manufacturing. Practical strategies for changing designers’ thinking about manufacturing will also be demonstrated, with findings reported from the use of virtual reality, problem-based learning activities, and online design evaluation tools. At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to better understand not only the challenges facing engineers when it comes to unlearning their previous notions of manufacturability, but also how to address these challenges head-on to encourage the generation of additive manufacturing-appropriate designs earlier in the design process.