Live instruction from experts in the field (recordings available after the session)
September 18 – October 2, 2018
Live online sessions on Tuesdays, 1:00pm – 2:30pm EST
Register early and get immediate, on-demand access to related presentations from past courses


Course Description

During this three-week online course that mixes live instructor-led sessions with online discussions and personalized help from course facilitators, you will learn the key principles of metal additive manufacturing. The course will cover the process of 3D printing in metal from design through execution, highlighting key concepts, and modeling techniques along the way. You’ll learn about rapid prototyping and end-use production in metal, its benefits and uses, and the latest information on this up-and-coming technology that is set to transform the manufacturing industry. By the end of the course, you will have gained a deep understanding of additive manufacturing in metal – both the technology and its many uses, and will walk away with insight into how you might apply 3D printing in metal to your upcoming ventures.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Understand the basic principles of metal additive manufacturing, its benefits, key uses, and applications.
  • Learn about multiple methodologies for approaching 3D printing in metal, in both industrial and non-industrial contexts.
  • Know the materials (metals and alloys) and processes involved in metal AM, and understand when to employ which, based on capability, mechanical properties, and cost.
  • Learn about design considerations and specifications for 3D printing in metal.
  • Hear examples of rapid prototyping and end-use production for 3D printing in metal.

All sessions are recorded and archived so you can watch any time.

No travel required!

Optional project-based work with 1-on-1 feedback from an instructor in our online workshop discussion forums.

Bonus: Register early and get immediate access to archival video recordings from related courses.

Program Outline

September 18, 2018
Session 1
1:00pm – 1:45pm EST
Session 2
1:45pm – 2:30pm EST

Speaker: Tim Ruffner
Sales Manager
America’s, Rize 3D

Session 1 – Introduction to Metal Additive Manufacturing

Metal Additive Manufacturing is poised to transform the manufacturing industry by making it easier than ever to produce metal parts and pieces. In this opening session of the course, you’ll be taken through an overview of the process from start to finish, including its benefits, uses, and diverse applications.

Speaker: R. Prakash Kolli, Ph.D., P.E.
CEO and Founder
Blue Point Materials Research, LLC

Session 2 – Methods and Materials Considerations for Metal AM

Not all methods of metal printing are created equal. The method you choose will have an impact on capability, mechanical properties, and cost. This session will cover all you need to know to make the right choice for your project. You’ll also learn about your options when it comes to available metals and alloys, and the benefits and tradeoffs between convention and AM metal processing.

September 25, 2018
Session 1
1:00pm – 1:45pm EST
Session 2
1:45pm – 2:30pm EST

Speaker: Mark Norfolk
PE, PresidentFabrisonic LLC

Session 1 – Solid State 3D Printing of Metals

  • Learn about the difference between fusion based AM and solid state based AM processes
  • Discuss and show examples of printing dissimilar metals
  • Discuss the build and qualification of heat exchangers for NASA JPL
  • Discuss and show examples of embedding electronics into metal parts

Speaker: Scott Volk
Director of Additive Technologies & Innovation
Incodema3D, LLC

Session 2 – Rapid Prototyping and End-Use Production in Metal AM

This session will cover the ways in which Metal Additive Manufacturing is a powerful tool for rapid prototyping as well as end-use production. Its increased geometric complexity and increased customization capability allows for the creation of highly nuanced designs with extremely efficient and cost-effective production. This session will include examples of rapid prototyping and end-use production for 3D printing in metal and share how it can be done in a fraction of the time and with a fraction of the budget of conventional manufacturing processes.

October 2, 2018
Session 1
1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
Session 2
2:00pm – 2:45pm EST

Speaker: Nick Sondej
Markforged Application Enginee

Session 1 – Applications of Metal Additive Manufacturing: Troubleshooting Your Design and Preparing to Print

Once you’ve come up with a design, it’s time to print and finish. This session will cover some of the biggest areas of concern when completing a design and preparing to print, using examples from various fields that are currently using metal AM. You’ll learn about how to prepare for shrinking and warping during the printing process, material types and strengths, how finishing affects the printed part, what supports are like and how they’re removed, and the best way to print and join parts that are bigger than the build area.

Speaker: Adam Rivard
Additive Manufacturing Director – LAI International

Session 2 – Metal AM Process Control for Critical Applications

Additive manufacturing is maturing into a technology with the potential of producing increasingly complex components with the potential for use in critical applications around the world.  In order to realize that potential, producers must establish a process and demonstrate that it is capable of yielding reliable and repeatable results. This session will walk you through a ten step process for achieving this goal.


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Hear what past course participants had to say!

A great introductory course on different forms of AM processes for beginners and those who are keen to learn about advantages and disadvantages in 3D Metal Printing processes.
Lamees Qasem

I am a student of various scientific and engineering disciplines, including but not limited to, molecular nanotechnologies, molecular assembly and manufacturing, materials science, cutlery design and production, and exploratory engineering. I greatly enjoyed the experience and study of this informative knowledge and the feedback and tutorials provided by this course.
Erin Casson

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