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5 Day 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Masterclass
March 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am - March 23, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
The goal of this course is to present a comprehensive overview of AM, spanning from fundamentals to applications and technology trends, and with strong focus on high-performance materials. Participants will learn the fundamentals of AM of polymers, metals, composites, and biomaterials, and will realize how process capabilities (rate, cost, quality) are determined by the material characteristics, process parameters, and machine designs. Application areas including aerospace components, electronics, medical devices, and consumer products will be discussed via detailed examples and case studies. Particular emphasis will be placed on metal- and powder-based AM technologies, and related design principles and process standards to achieve high-performance materials and novel properties via AM. Lab sessions will provide hands-on experience with a variety of state-of-the-art AM equipment. Participants will design, fabricate, and measure test parts, and will perform experiments to explore process limits. The course will conclude with discussion of how AM will influence existing business models in design and manufacturing, will pose major opportunities and needs for advancement.