3D printing in metal: an overview of additive manufacturing with metals


Key to the ongoing growth of the 3D printing industry is a focus on upskilling and training. Educational initiatives are more frequently beginning in early education, as students gain access to technologies such as 3D printing in the course of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) curriculum focus. Training, however, does not end upon graduation — as technology continues to grow at unprecedented rates, professionals in the workplace remain lifelong students as they work to keep up with the latest available processes and materials. For additive manufacturing, one major area of growth has been seen in work with metals.

A new online course addresses this arena, as over three weeks, six sessions will be presented to help registrants gain both skills and knowledge targeted to metal 3D printing. 3D Printing in Metal: An Overview of Additive Manufacturing with Metals brings together expert keynote presentations with interactive small group mentorship.

Beginning March 27th, the course combines the direct experience of expert-led workshops with the convenience of digital education, allowing registrants to tune in to live webcasts held on three consecutive Tuesdays or to watch the recorded sessions at their convenience. Q&A sessions will follow each keynote, allowing for an interactive experience for live participants with real-time responses from the experts.

Information covered will include a broad look at metal 3D printing technologies and applications, including rapid prototyping and end-use production in industrial and non-industrial contexts. Metals and alloys will also be discussed for an overview of materials capabilities.

Practical assignments each week will allow for practice of lessons’ imparted knowledge, with classroom mentors providing guidance, to put new knowledge into practice. These assignments are structured to allow for support, but open-ended enough to allow for creativity across each registrant’s specific area(s) of interest. Touching base directly with other learners will also allow for more of a classroom feel, as discussion boards are available to communicate with both mentor and other participants, with additional resources and feedback available.

The course schedule includes two keynotes each Tuesday, one from 11am-12pm EST and the second immediately following at 12pm-1pm EST.

Week One (Tuesday, March 27):

  • Session 1 — Introduction to Metal Additive Manufacturing
  • Session 2 — Metal Additive Manufacturing for Industry and Art

Week Two (Tuesday, April 2):

  • Session 1 — Design Considerations for Metal Additive Manufacturing
  • Session 2 — Methods and Materials Considerations for Metal AM
    • Speaker: Prakash Kolli, PhD, PE, Blue Point Materials Research

Week Three (Tuesday, April 10):

  • Session 1 — Rapid Prototyping and End-Use Production in Metal AM
  • Session 2 — Applications of Metal Additive Manufacturing: Closing Case Study
    • Speaker TBA

With expert insights and instruction in design for additive manufacture (DfAM), considerations targeted at a variety of applications and production environments, and one-on-one feedback, this training course is designed to allow each learner to gain access to the latest information in metal 3D printing.

Registration discounts are available. Through March 9th, a 22% discount is available for early registration of $139. Teams interested in learning together are also eligible for group discounts for three or more registrations.

3D Printing in Metal: An Overview of Additive Manufacturing with Metals is hosted at More detailed session descriptions and further information is available here; registration is available here. For any questions, please contact the team here.

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