Materials for Additive Manufacturing (in partnership with the Colorado School of Mines)


October 14 - October 16
All Day


Novelty, OH


Additive manufacturing (AM) is a fabrication process where material is added layer-by-layer to create a three-dimensional object directly from a computer model. AM technologies have evolved quickly over the past decade and have brought about significant changes in how complex objects can be fabricated. The wide range of AM process options leads to a wide range of resulting material properties. This variability is unique to AM and must be understood before AM parts can be widely implemented in critical applications. In addition to process variations, there are a large (and growing) number of material options for AM that open up new opportunities for application. The goal of this course is to understand the available material options in AM and draw connections between the process–structure–property relationships in AM fabricated parts.

This course will cover various structural materials used in AM processes. Focus will be on polymer, ceramic, and metallic compositions. General chemistry of each material will be covered with additional focus on the behavior of these materials when processed using AM. The course will span the entire AM lifecycle from feedstock fabrication to fabrication by AM to post processing and inspection of as-fabricated material.


  • Design engineers
  • Manufacturing engineers
  • Research engineers
  • Technicians
  • Metallurgists
  • Quality control inspectors
  • Automobile and Aerospace Engineers




Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • List the polymer, ceramic, and metallic materials most commonly used in AM processes
  • Describe the key features necessary in a material (polymer, ceramic, metal) that make it amenable to AM processes
  • Describe the differences between AM processed materials and conventionally processed materials
  • Describe the manufacturing processes used to create feedstock materials
  • List common defects in AM materials and explain how they form and how they can be avoided
  • Describe the common post processing methods for various AM materials and explain why they are necessary and/or useful

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