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.

  • AML3D BAE Systems Maritime Australia

    Just a day after announcing its new headquarters in South Australia, metal AM company AML3D has revealed its plans to establish a Research and Development facility within the upcoming Factory of the Future at the Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide. The Factory of the Future—currently under development—is spearheaded by Flinders…

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  • The current identification of AM components at the end of the overall process chain represents a non-scalable and cost-intensive manual, labor intensive process. The variety of geometries in prototyping leads to complex challenges where existing automation solutions cannot be implemented. AI-based image recognition can be an improvement in this regard,…

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  • As industry analysts in additive manufacturing, we strive to forecast the evolutionary trends of 3D printing technologies across a time period that extends five or 10 years. As journalists, sometimes we venture farther into the future, trying to imagine what will happen in fifty or one hundred years. What if…

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  • PostProcess Technologies, a provider of automated and intelligent post-printing solutions for industrial 3D printing, and the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Additive Manufacturing Technologies IAPT, part of the world’s applied research organization Fraunhofer, have sparked a collaboration to further drive additive manufacturing to production scalability. Therefore, to promote the end-to-end systemized…

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  • America Makes continues to fulfill its mission of building additive manufacturing talent pipeline across the state of Ohio with the announcement of the Ohio Secondary Education Additive Manufacturing Training Network. Created in collaboration with and support from the Ohio Development Services Agency (OSDA), this network will provide formal education and…

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  • GE Research high temperature heat exchanger

    Back in 2019, we were excited to cover a story about GE Research embarking on a project to develop a high temperature and super-compact heat exchanger using additive manufacturing. The project, undertaken in cooperation with ORNL and the University of Maryland, aimed to unlock cleaner and more efficient power generation.…

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  • On the 25th European Conference on Additive Manufacturing, Agnès Harlay, a doctoral student at ARMOR, IMT Mines Alès and IGCM Montpellier, won first prize in the “My thesis in 180 seconds” category of the AEFA21 Awards. This recognition rewards her research work on thermoplastic elastomer materials dedicated to 3D printing.…

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  • Ourobionics is officially presenting its co-founding team, formed by professionals with over 50 years of combined expertise in tissue engineering, 3D biofabrication, regenerative medicine, and cyborganics/human-machine interfaces. The company is also formalizing a partnership with Invictech that sets the grounds for developing a multiplex 3D biofabrication platform. Professor Suwan Jayasinghe  (University…

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  • Using a new 3D printing process, University of Nottingham researchers have discovered how to tailor-make artificial body parts and other medical devices with built-in functionality that offers better shape and durability, while cutting the risk of bacterial infection at the same time. Study lead, Dr. Yinfeng He, from the Centre…

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  • A study conducted by Swiss researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and ETH in Zurich has produced, for the first time via additive manufacturing, a high-density amorphous and crack-free bulk metallic glass (BMG) based on palladium alloy. The results show significant promise in the use of such material…

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