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3-D Printing (Additive Manufacturing)

Introduction to Additive Manufacturing

This two-day workshop provides an introductory overview of the seven additive manufacturing (AM) technologies. Participants learn the current state-of-the-art AM technologies and the fundamentals and limitations of each. You also learn the CAD-to-part workflow and general guidelines for designing parts and products to be produced by AM processes. As an outcome, you should be able to identify candidate part applications for AM polymer and metal printing.

This course can be applied to the Plastics Technology Certificate.


Tom Santelle

Mr. Santelle is an independent consultant specializing in the additive manufacturing industry. Tom has most recently served as the VP and director of AM Training for the Lanterman Group, an America Makes platinum member. He collaborated on the development of ... read more

Who Should Attend

Engineers and designers who are interested in understanding the benefits of additive manufacturing and the workflow for transitioning component designs to printed articles

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Compare and contrast the current state-of-the-art additive manufacturing process technologies and materials
  • Describe the AM digital workflow from concept design to printed article production
  • Discover the benefits and trade-offs of employing additive manufacturing for component fabrication
  • Identify candidate part applications for polymer and metal AM

Course Outline/Topics

Introduction to AM

Safety Standards for AM

The AM Digital Workflow

Introduction to Polymer Modalities and Materials

Polymer AM Case Studies

Post-processing Polymer AM Components

Introduction to Metal Modalities and Materials

Metal AM Case Studies

Post-processing Metal AM Components

Part Finishing

Introduction to Quality and Inspection


Some knowledge of plastic/metal materials and engineering principles is useful, although not required for this introductory course.

Dates and locations to be announced.