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.

Machine learning can replicate toolpaths in 3D printed fiber reinforced parts

A research team from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering has published a study that uncovers vulnerabilities in the production…

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Sweet! Rice researchers 3D print blood vessels using sugar and laser

Powdered sugar is the special ingredient in a Rice University recipe for mimicking the body’s intricate, branching blood vessels in…

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Introducing our next major study on composite 3D printing

Building on several years of experience analyzing and forecasting the opportunities associated with additive manufacturing composite FRP materials, 3dpbm Research…

2 weeks ago

Rice University lab makes advances on 4D printing of shape shifting soft robots

Smart, 4D biomedical implants that reconfigure themselves upon demand are closer to reality with a new way to print shape-shifting…

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AM researcher Mihaela Vlasea receives SME engineering award

Mihaela Vlasea, an engineering professor at The University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada who specializes in additive manufacturing, has been…

3 weeks ago

MakerBot Cloud integrates with Google for Education

Stratasys-owned 3D printer company MakerBot has joined the Google for Education Integrated Solutions Initiative with the aim of facilitating the…

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Montana researchers achieve breakthrough in 3D printed microfluidic chips

A team from Montana State University's Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering has developed a new technique for 3D printing…

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U.S. Air Force qualifying multi-laser AM with support from Senvol ML

A U.S. Air Force program led by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Air Force Life Cycle Management Center…

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Motion capture tech used to 3D print sensors onto moving organs

Unexpected worlds collide in this research project spearheaded by a team of mechanical engineers and computer scientists from the University…

4 weeks ago

Manufacturing PA grants funding to five ExOne binder jetting research projects

ExOne's binder jetting technology is at the center of a series of manufacturing research projects led by Pennsylvania universities. Five of…

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