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.

  • iFactory3D introduces One Pro 3D belt printer. Enabling the printing of objects in series, around the clock, and without supervision.

    German startup, iFactory3D, will present its One Pro 3D belt printer, whose technology has the potential to automate additive manufacturing worldwide, at this year’s Formnext. The One Pro 3D belt printer enables objects to be printed in series around the clock without supervision, thanks to the built-in conveyor belt and…

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  • EPFL and CSEM form the Micromanufacturing Science & Engineering Center (M2C) center in support of Swiss industry.

    In support of Swiss industry, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and CSEM have joined forces to create the Micromanufacturing Science & Engineering Center (M2C) – a new focal point for pure research, technology transfer, and everything in between. The M2C, which focuses on high-precision 3D microfabrication, will…

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  • Boston Micro Fabrication opens new BMF Research Institute in San Diego to develop product ideas based on BMF's micro-3D printing platform.

    Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF) has opened a new research and development center in San Diego, California. The BMF Research Institute was formed specifically to develop and incubate end-product ideas that are uniquely enabled by BMF’s micro-3D printing platform. Since shipping the first systems in 2018, over 300 of BMF’s micro-3D…

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  • 3D Printing Startup Challenge to take place at AMTech 2022, India. Launched by AM Chronicle in partnership with AM Ventures and ASTM.

    As we already know, additive manufacturing is one of the fastest-growing technologies, and startups play a critical role in its development – as the centers of innovation – creating employment and directly impacting applications. To foster the development of startups in India, Asia, and the Middle East, AM Chronicle has…

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  • GREENFILL3D wins 'ECOinvestor in the Food Industry' award. For the ECO POS project which was made using wheat bran-based 3D printing.

    GREENFILL3D, a Polish startup creating innovative biomaterials (based on wheat bran and other materials) for 3D printing, has won the ‘ECOinvestor 2022 in the Food Industry’ award. The competition is organized by BIKOTECH – the publisher of AGRO Industry and Nowości Handlowe magazines, as well as the organizer of the…

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  • The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) takes delivery of AM Solutions' M1 Basic - exploring metallic component manufacturing.

    The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) operated by the University of Strathclyde, has recently taken delivery of its AM Solutions M1 Basic additive manufacturing post-processing technology – which will be used as part of a research project focused on metal AM. The M1 Basic will be located at one of…

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  • Bee-inspired 3D printing drones, AKA Aerial-AM, developed by Imperial College London and Empa researchers.

    Imperial College London and Empa researchers have created a fleet of bee-inspired flying 3D printing drones, collectively known as Aerial Additive Manufacturing (Aerial-AM), for building and repairing structures in-flight. The technology could ultimately be used for manufacturing and building in difficult-to-access or dangerous locations, such as tall buildings, or help…

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  • Monash University engineers create titanium alloy with one of the highest strength-to-weight ratios among all 3D printed metals

    A world-first study led by Monash University engineers has demonstrated how cutting-edge 3D printing techniques can be used to produce an ultra-strong commercial titanium alloy – a significant leap forward for the aerospace, space, defense, energy, and biomedical industries. Australian researchers, led by Professor Aijun Huang and Dr. Yuman Zhu…

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  • University of Pittsburgh acquires Gefertec arc605 printer - the only one in the US to have on-campus access to the 5-axis metal 3D printer.

    Last month, the university of Pittsburgh became the first university in the US to have a Gefertec arc605 on campus. The arc605 is a state-of-the-art, 5-axis metal 3D printer, developed by Gefertec, a 3D printer manufacturer based in Germany. According to Albert To, William Kepler Whiteford Professor in the Swanson…

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  • Dr. Kuldeep Agarwal a professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU), Department of Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology, has partnered with Additive Technologies (AddiTec), a founding partner of Meltio, an additive manufacturing company pioneering the development of affordable metal 3D printing systems, to develop new ways to produce biocompatible bone…

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