Research & Education

Additive manufacturing is transforming how products are designed, produced, and serviced. AM lets us produce on-demand, without dedicated equipment or tooling. This unparalleled flexibility enables new digital design and production tools that can create components and products with breakthrough performance: in order to truly unlock the potential of AM, research & education is of fundamental importance.


Knowledge of the fundamentals of AM, its design principles, applications, and implications is one of the greatest barriers to its wider adoption. In recent years the key importance of integrating additive manufacturing in educational curricula has begun to be considered worldwide.


Additive manufacturing centered research & education initiatives by both governments and corporations – as well as individuals – have begun to focus on raising the next generation of additive manufacturing designers and engineers.


The main areas of exploration for educational activities are in software and hardware. While AM hardware learning is currently mostly limited to exploring the current additive production process and its applications, software offers some of the most significant opportunities in terms of learning to fully exploit the AM process in the future.

  • Impossible Objects' CBAM-2 3D printer installed at Weber State University - to advance research on composite materials.

    Weber State University is using 3D printing to advance its research on composite materials that support northern Utah’s aerospace and defense ecosystem. The university’s Miller Advanced Research and Solutions Center recently upgraded and installed the Impossible Objects’ Composite-Based Additive Manufacturing system, or CBAM-2. The machine prints composite materials that can…

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  • A new C100 EASY LAB ceramics SLA 3D printer from French company 3DCeram was delivered to Sivas University of Science and Technology. According to 3DCeram, this is the first technical ceramic 3D printing machine in Turkey and the company believes that this initiative marks the first step in a rich…

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  • The Ohio State University's CDME receives COBOD’s BOD2. The research will be conducted in partnership with Pantheon3D.

    Pantheon3D, a Youngstown-based additive manufacturing construction company, has taken delivery of COBOD’s BOD2 3D construction printer at The Ohio State University’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME). CDME collaborates with Pantheon3D using COBOD technology to improve Ohio’s portfolio of affordable housing. Pantheon3D aims to provide high schools, trade unions,…

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  • Nano Dimension delivers its first Admaflex130 Evolution to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in Germany.

    Nano Dimension, a leading supplier of additively manufactured electronics (AME) and multi-dimensional polymer, metal, and ceramic 3D printers, has delivered the company’s Admaflex130 Evolution – the first of its next-generation high-precision ceramics and metal fabrication systems – to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in Germany, one of the leading…

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  • Materials in nature are rarely straight. In fact, helical structures are ubiquitous in nature and impart unique mechanical properties and multi-functionality. In our bodies, proteins assemble into helical filaments which allow our muscles to contract. Plants change shape because cellulose fibers are arranged helically within their cell walls. Researchers from…

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  • The 3D printing process is becoming increasingly important for glass and ceramics and now complements conventional, mold-based casting processes or even milling. Since 2021, FGK (Forschungsinstitut für Glas/Keramik) in Hoehr-Grenzhausen has been using an ExAM 255 CEM 3D printing system from extrusion specialist AIM3D for research purposes. The AM process…

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  • University of Sheffield researchers 3D print mmWave antennas. The antennas could bring 5G and 6G to remote communities.

    Researchers from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering have designed, manufactured, and tested millimeter wave (mmWave) aerials with radio frequency performance that matches those produced using conventional manufacturing techniques. The 3D printed antennas have the potential to speed up the development of new 5G and 6G…

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  • EPSRC awards more than £6m to the Universities of Nottingham, Cambridge, Reading, and Strathclyde to develop 3D printed medicines.

    According to the University of Nottingham, a new research project has been awarded over £6m to develop a toolkit to allow 3D printed medicines to be manufactured effectively – bringing innovations like biological personalized pills and ‘living plasters’ closer to commercial production. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)-funded,…

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  • UOW researcher uses plastic waste to 3D print furnished homes. The project is titled 'Designing for Circular Economics'.

    According to the United Nations Environment Programme, out of the approximately 400 million tonnes of plastic waste produced every year, only an estimated 9% has been recycled. Dr. Aziz Ahmed, a lecturer in Structural Engineering in the School of Civil, Mining, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Wollongong…

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  • DITF enables the printing of fiber composite components. The lightweight, bio-based fiber composites have drawn inspiration from nature.

    The German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research (DITF), together with Arburg GmbH + Co KG, are developing an energy- and material-efficient 3D printing process for the manufacturing of lightweight bio-based fiber composites. To do this, the two organizations have drawn inspiration from nature – using examples such as wood,…

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