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Additive Manufacturing of Materials


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

Apply the general materials processing approach to additive manufacturing for ceramics, metals, and polymers and their composites.


The course will take a materials science and engineering approach to additive manufacturing (AM), following the structure of the general materials processing series (MSE 512 Powder Processing, MSE536 Solidification Processing and MSE 548 Deposition Processing) taught in the School of Materials Engineering. The overarching goal is to learn how microstructure development is controlled by the interaction of physical, chemical, thermal, and mechanical phenomena in the shaping of materials by additive processing. All major classes of materials and AM processes will be included. Other objectives are to develop the ability to quantitatively analyze the capabilities and limitations of AM process relative to current commercial processes; and critically analyze the AM research literature. The course will also provide opportunities for students to explore AM topic area(s) of their own interest.
Spring 2021 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

Introduction and materials background; manufacturing and materials processing; introduction to additive manufacturing; AM process classes: vat polymerization, jpowder bed, directed energy deposition, printing (jetting), binder jetting, extrusion, sheet lamination; comparative processing, including AM process design, selection and applications. Supporting fundamentals segments will include, powder characterization and behavior, lasers and other intense heating sources, polymerization, rheology of pastes, etc., as needed to support the physical, chemical and mechanical phenomena processes underpinning the AM processes.


An introductory course in engineering materials and/or manufacturing processes or permission of instructor.

Applied / Theory:

50 / 50


Two midterm exams and comprehensive final exam through Gradescope via Brightspace.


Recommended: Any introductory Engineering Materials text (e.g., Callister, Shackelford, Askeland, Flinn and Trojan) and any introductory Manufacturing Processes text (e.g. Schey, Kalpakjian, DeGarmo, Groover) will be useful references for reviewing related fundamentals. Earlier editions of these books can be had for next to nothing from online sellers. Although the latest editions may contain some treatment of additive manufacturing, this is hardly worth spending $200 and the fundamental content will be hardly changed from earlier editions.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Requirements: