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.

  • Photo of TNO reorganizes AMSYSTEMS Center to focus on key verticals

    After runnings its AMSYSTEMS Center for about four years, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and Technological University Eindhoven (TU/e) High Tech Systems Center have announced they are reorganizing the center’s additive manufacturing activities to better match future areas of focus and market opportunities. The AMSYSTEMS Center opened…

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  • Photo of Penn State installs Roboze 3D printer for materials research

    Pennsylvania State University recently acquired a new 3D printing system from Italo-American AM company Roboze. The 3D printer, a ROBOZE One+400 Xtreme, will be used at the university’s Department of Chemical Engineering, one of the U.S.’ most influential chemical engineering departments. Penn State is an undeniable force on the academic…

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  • Photo of Continuous Composites joins AFRL’s T3 Transition Accelerator program

    Continuous Composites, an Idaho-based company specializing in Continuous Fiber 3D Printing and composite materials, has been selected to participate in the T3 Transition Accelerator program. The accelerator, led by the Wright Brothers Institute in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and others, is made up of businesses developing…

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  • Photo of EPFL’s volumetric 3D printing method can print objects in seconds

    Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) have pioneered a new volumetric 3D printing method that enables the production of small, soft objects in mere seconds. The high-precision 3D printing approach could have important applications in the medical and bioprinting fields, by enabling the rapid production of…

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  • Photo of 4D printed microneedles offer painless solution for shots

    A team of engineers from Rutgers University – New Brunswick is developing 4D printed needles which could take the pain out of drug injections, vaccinations and blood sampling. The innovative microneedles were inspired by certain types of parasites that attach themselves to the hosts skin. If you got chills reading…

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  • Photo of Poietis and Marseille-based hospital partner for bioprinted skin clinical trial

    French bioprinting company Poietis has entered into a clinical research collaboration with the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Marseille (AP-HM) to pursue a clinical trial for bioprinted skin tissue. Through the partnership, Poietis and AP-HM aim to carry out a Phase I clinical trial for an Innovative Advanced Therapeutic Medicinal Product…

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  • Photo of UCL researchers discover limitation in 3D printing pills

    This month, we’re honing in on the intersecting medical and additive manufacturing industries. Primarily, we’re looking at how AM applications in the medical sector are providing new opportunities and benefits for patient care, but it is also important to look at the limitations that still exist with 3D printing in…

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  • Photo of MakerBot’s SKETCH Classroom facilitates 3D printing integration in schools

    3D printer manufacturer MakerBot has announced the launch of MakerBot SKETCH Classroom, a new 3D printing solution designed to facilitate 3D printing in schools. SKETCH Classroom comprises 3D printing hardware and licenses, as well as MakerBot’s extensive education ecosystem. Bringing 3D printing into the classroom is not quite as simple…

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  • Photo of Researchers developing sustainable 3D printed super magnets

    An additive manufacturing breakthrough coming out of TU Graz in Austria could make it easier to manufacture permanent magnets for small electronic components. A TU Graz team—working in collaboration with the University of Vienna, the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and Joanneum Research—has successfully manufactured super magnets using a laser-based 3D…

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  • Photo of Air Force Research Lab aims to speed up certification of composite structures

    A joint team from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) are working with industry partners to accelerate the certification of composite structures made using advanced manufacturing processes like additive manufacturing. Working through CHESS’ Materials Solutions Network (MSN), the team will aim to establish…

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