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.

  • Ireland’s specialist post-Doctoral training center for metal additive manufacturing, the SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems, or AMSCDT, has won the Education Laboratory of the Year Award. The winners of the 2021 Irish Laboratory Awards were revealed in front of a live digital audience, on April 29th.…

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  • With a story published on April 1st (but we performed all the necessary anti-April Fools checks and can now confirm it), researchers in USC Viterbi’s Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering have revealed a low-cost reusable support method based on a dynamic 3D printing platform which reduces…

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  • Following its launch in Europe, EOS is expanding its Additive Minds Academy online training program to the American market. The novelty consists of a series of learning paths, supported by EOS’s Additive Minds consulting team, offering effective and affordable additive manufacturing instruction suitable for varying skill levels. “We identified education…

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  • TÜV SÜD has introduced virtual training courses in additive manufacturing. The subjects deal with in the courses include business models, process chains, materials, current industry standards, and production and quality management. Additive manufacturing (AM) is a fast-growing area of industry, particularly in series production, where high hopes are placed on…

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  • A new academic-industrial partnership has been launched to pursue innovation in WAAM 3D printing technology aiming to achieve previously unattainable scales, velocities and manufacturing efficiencies through additive manufacturing. The project, known as HPWAAM, has received £1.2m of funding from Innovate UK (part of UK Research and Innovation, driving productivity and…

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  • For the 26th year, Wohlers Associates released the Wohlers Report 2021, providing an overview and analysis of the entire AM industry. According to this latest edition, the AM industry grew by 7.5% to nearly $12.8 billion in 2020. Growth was down considerably, compared to the average growth of 27.4% over…

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  • High-speed photopolymerization processes are now becoming established in the AM industry. Hydrogel 3D printing by stereolithography is now commonplace in the bioprinting segment. A team from the University of Buffalo combined both processes to obtain high-speed stereolithography of hydrogels, a process that they think could prove instrumental in 3D printing…

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  • Sintavia published an overview of proper handling procedures for powder condensate for AM waste generated as part of the powder bed fusion additive manufacturing process. The paper, titled, “Overview of Disposal Procedures for Powder Condensate” was written by Sintavia’s Quality & EHS Engineer, Ashley Wallace, in collaboration with the Additive…

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  • Last year Gen3D won a grant from Innovate UK called “Business-led innovation in response to global disruption” and put the funds to good use to develop a free “Design for Additive Manufacturing” course to give support and help upskill people who are out of work or on furlough due to…

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  • Researchers at the University of Leoben (Montanuniversität) in Austria, the country’s university for mining, metallurgy and materials, demonstrated the ability to 3D print the highest strength (1 ​GPa) alumina through Lithoz‘s recently introduced multi-material approach. Working directly with Lithoz’s engineers, the researchers were able to leverage the layer-by-layer printing process…

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