Additive Manufacturing Technology & Materials

The AM Manufacturing Technology & Materials is one of three courses to fulfill the AM Engineers and Managers Certification or the AM Executives Certifications.

Course Details

Additive Manufacturing Technology & Materials is an expansion on the AM Essentials course, providing a more detailed review of the standard AM processes as defined by ASTM F42. This course will discuss technical and commercial considerations of each process, materials used in each process, and identify steps to the common additive manufacturing workflow.

Upon completion of this course, a graduate of AM Technology & Materials can expect to be able to identify and explain various materials and technology deployed in AM along with the advantages and disadvantages of each. The content throughout the online course, including lecture videos, was developed by subject matter experts (SMEs) in AM in collaboration with the highly-experienced Purdue online course development team.

Learning activities include video lectures and discussions of key topics in the course material and interactive discussion blogs designed to test your ability to take an exam. Modules average 1-3 hours per module and are designed for flexibility for working professionals, 100% online and self-paced. This is all available 24 hours a day/seven days a week throughout the 5 weeks of the course, asynchronous online discussion forums, online self-tests, quizzes, a case study, and an online final exam. Students will also have the ability to interact with peers and instructors.

This course contains five modules:

  • Module 1, The Current State of Additive Manufacturing.
  • Module 2, Vat Photopolymerization, Material Jetting, and Material Extrusion
  • Module 3, Powder Bed Fusion and Directed Energy Deposition.
  • Module 4, Binder Jetting and Sheet Lamination.
  • Module 5, Additive Manufacturing Materials.

The course has clear learning objectives defining what each student will be able to understand upon completion of the instruction. At the end of the course, a graduate should be able to do the following:

  1. Define AM processes per ASTM F42
  2. Describe technology capabilities in AM
  3. Define commonly used materials in AM
  4. List the advantages and disadvantages of each process
  5. Discuss technical and commercial considerations of each process in AM

Students will have 5 weeks of online access from the time of enrollment to complete all learning materials within the course. During the 5 weeks, students will manage their own learning pace with the assistance of instructors. The course instructors are highly-qualified AM professionals and can be contacted via email during the course for content questions not addressed within the learning materials or within the online threaded discussions.

You will need to earn at least 80% of the available points in the course of each of the quizzes is required for successful completion of the course. You also have the option of earning up to 2 continuing education units (CEUs) for successful completion of the Additive Manufacturing Technology & Materials course.

Course = 2 CEUs (20 contact hours over 5 weeks)