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, the software offers some of the most significant opportunities in terms of learning to fully exploit the AM process in the future.

  • What if you could store in physical objects the same “hidden” metadata that you can find in digital products such as music and photos? The concept was explored in a study by Mustafa Doga Dogan, a 4th-year Ph.D. student at MIT, and his team. While working with colleagues at MIT…

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  • A new experimental study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota produced a fully 3D printed OLED display using a multi-technology and multimaterial 3D printing method. The proof-of-concept demonstration produced a highly flexible and fully functional 8 × 8 OLED display with all pixels turning on successfully. This ability…

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  • Saint-Gobain is a global leader in innovative ceramics. The company designs manufacture and distribute a variety of technical ceramics using advanced manufacturing to develop innovative solutions in a variety of sectors. Its ceramics businesses have an unmatched range of ceramic processing technologies to solve customer challenges, including binder jet 3D…

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  • The Steam Foundation and MakerBot have teamed up to bring 3D printing to more students across the U.S. Founded by Aadhav Prabu and Akshar Raikanti, The Steam Foundation is a California-based nonprofit with a mission to make STEAM education equally accessible to all students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The…

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  • IN-VISION, the Austrian DLP light engine specialist, is opening its doors to innovators looking to explore new applications based on DLP high precision light. The Innovators in Residence program is currently accepting applications in the fields of bioprinting, biofabrication and microfluidics. Accelerating light projection DLP projection has enabled many innovations…

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  • When it was first presented, the MIT Self Assembly Lab’s liquid-in-liquid 3D printing process received an enormous amount of press coverage and visibility. I have to admit that we were skeptical about it. Then BMW started to play with it and demonstrated that Rapid Liquid Printing technology held great promise…

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  • The new Sydney Manufacturing Hub was inaugurated with Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney and Minister for Trade and Industry the Hon. Stuart Ayres. It will serve as a foundational node for complementary facilities that support the NSW Government’s projects at Western Sydney Aerotropolis and Western Sydney parklands.…

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  • Mid Sweden University and global engineering group Sandvik have signed a five-year agreement to develop Osprey metal AM powders for EBM, including an investment in an EBM system at the University – one of the first of its kind with completely new functionality. “We have already launched the first project…

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  • Desktop Metal University of Toledo

    Desktop Metal is working with the University of Toledo Institute of Applied Engineering Research to accelerate the development of several nickel-based alloys for Desktop Metal’s Single Pass Jetting (SPJ) technology. The materials in development include nickel-titanium (Nitinol) alloys, Rene alloys and non-weldable nickel-based, high-temperature metal powders. The partners are specifically…

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  • RCAM, RMIT university’s Centre for Additive Manufacturing will be acquiring an AconityMIDI+ from Aconity3D GmbH and an Arcemy unit from AML3D (ASX:AL3). These two strategic purchases will significantly augment the capability of the Australian University’s research group to continue to deliver high-level research for industry applications. The RMIT Centre for…

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