This course may be taken individually or as part of the Professional Certificate Program in Innovation & Technology or the Professional Certificate Program in Design & Manufacturing.
The implications of additive manufacturing (AM) span the complete product life-cycle, from concept-stage design to service part fulfillment. Recent advances, including industrially viable high-speed AM processes, improved materials, and optimization software, now enable AM to be considered hand-in-hand with conventional production technologies. Moreover, the unprecedented design flexibility of AM allows us to invent products with new levels of performance, and to envision digitally-driven manufacturing systems that achieve rapid, responsive production with reduced cost and risk.
This fast-paced five-day course provides learners with a comprehensive understanding of AM technology, its applications, and its implications both now and in the future. The course includes:
- Technically rich lectures encompassing: AM process fundamentals, material properties, design rules, qualification methods, cost and value analysis, and industrial and consumer applications of AM. Particular emphasis will be placed on AM technologies for metals and other advanced materials, and related design principles and part performance.
- Hands-on lab activities involving both desktop and industrial-grade 3D printers for polymers and metals, addressing the full workflow from design to characterization.
- An interactive case study which deploys quantitative analysis tools discussed in lecture to solve a real or imagined market or business need.
- Visits to local AM startups and an AM equipment provider/integrator.
- A multidisciplinary team of speakers including MIT faculty, industry experts, and special guests.
- Structured networking activities at several points throughout the week.
The curriculum suits both beginners and experts in AM, and emphasizes both breadth and rigor. If you have questions, or would like to understand how this course might suit your interests, please contact Prof. John Hart (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Haden Quinlan (email@example.com).
- Learn the fundamentals of additive manufacturing (AM) of polymers, metals, and ceramics, along with those for emerging materials (e.g., nanocomposites, biomaterials) and complex architectures.
- Understand the operating principles, capabilities, and limitations of state-of-the-art AM methods, including laser melting, fused deposition modeling, stereolithography, and jetting.
- Become familiar with the complete workflow of AM, including computational design tools, file formats, toolpath generation, scanning, and microstructure characterization.
- Understand key design rules for parts made by AM, and compare and contrast AM processes with conventional manufacturing methods such as machining and molding in terms of rate, quality, cost, and flexibility.
- Gain hands-on experience with a variety of AM machines; use these machines to fabricate example parts, post-process the parts, and study the results.
- Study applications of AM across industries, including aerospace/automotive, medical devices, energy, electronics, and consumer products.
- Via examples and case studies, understand how to quantitatively assess the suitability of AM for an application, and realize how this justification will change as AM improves.
- Place AM in the context of the evolving manufacturing infrastructure, including advances in robotics, software, logistics, and digitization of data.
Who Should Attend
This course will be useful to design engineers, manufacturing engineers, product designers, research engineers, research scientists, managers, VPs of product development and manufacturing, and technology and innovation strategists, from industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical devices, electronics, consumer products, energy, and robotics. The course material is accessible for those new to AM, yet highly comprehensive and valuable for those who already have significant experience with AM.
Laptops or tablets are encouraged for this course.
Class runs 9:30 am - 5:30 pm on Monday, and 8:30 am - 5:30 pm on Tuesday, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm on Wednesday, 8:30 am - 6:30 on Thursday, and 8:30 am - 2:00 pm on Friday.
There is a networking reception at 6:00 pm on Monday, and an optional event with 3DHEALS on Thursday from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm.
(9.30 am - 5.30 pm)
- Introduction to additive manufacturing (AM)
- AM technology and market landscape
- Emerging trends and business models
Lunch: Participant introductions; discussion of course schedule
- Hands-on lab: Anatomy of AM machines
- Design case study part I
- AM parts to conventional processes
(8.30 am - 5.30 pm)
- Extrusion AM processes (polymers and composites)
- Photo-polymerization AM processes (polymers and ceramics)
Lunch: Jetting and lamination AM processes
- Hands-on lab: Fused deposition modeling (FDM) and stereolithography (SLA)
- Mechanics of polymer AM parts
- Design case study part II
(8.30 am - 5.30 pm)
- AM of metals: Selective laser melting, e-beam melting, direct powder deposition
Lunch: Qualification of AM parts, with focus on metals
- Hands-on lab: selective laser melting
- Hands-on lab: 3D scanning
- Geometry and property optimization
(8.30 am - 5.30 pm)
- Design rules for AM
- Industry focus: Aerospace components, medical implants, tooling, and consumer goods (includes guest speakers)
Lunch: Continued discussion of industry applications and needs
- Integration of AM and electronics
- AM of biomaterials and tissues
- Design case study part III
(8.30 am -2:00 pm)
- Group case-study presentations
- Future trends and implications of additive manufacturing: logistics, mass-customization, and emerging business models.
Lunch: Continued discussion and wrap-up
Links & Resources
- Building the tools of the next manufacturing revolution. MIT News, June 17, 2019.
- New 3-D printer is 10 times faster than commercial counterparts: New design may open opportunities for 3-D-printing technology. MIT News, November 29 2017
- MIT additive manufacturing expert discusses the future of AM and a new comprehensive training course. Fastener news, April 17, 2017
- 3-D printing with cellulose: World’s most abundant polymer could rival petroleum-based plastics as source of printing feedstock. MIT News, March 3, 2017
- 3-D Printing 101: As MIT course challenges students to reinvent 3-D printing, professor aims to share approach with others. MIT News, May 11, 2016
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