Advanced Additive Manufacturing
AME 4970 / AME 5970
Additive manufacturing, often referred as 3D printing, is revolutionizing the way we build structures and products, since it allows the design flexibility that is well beyond what can be achieved using standard manufacturing techniques. In the last two decades, the advance of additive manufacturing technologies has led to new approaches to build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of materials, including plastics, metals, concrete, and even biological cells. Early use of additive manufacturing in the form of rapid prototyping focused on preproduction visualization models. More recently, novel 3D printing technologies are being used to fabricate end-use products in aircraft, dental restorations, medical implants, and automobiles. Due to the strong industrial needs, it is critical to train both undergraduate and graduate engineering students with the latest 3D printing technologies.
This Presidential Dream Course will expose students to the state-of-the-art of additive manufacturing technologies. Special efforts are focused on assisting students to understand the recent technologies developed in additive manufacturing for aerospace, mechanical, and biomedical engineering applications, emphasizing three specific topics: (i) the design orientated additive manufacturing; (ii) 3D printing of soft polymers for biomedical applications; (iii) rapid 3D printing of high temperature super alloys as critical aerospace components.