America Makes (NAMII) Partnership with ASM International for Fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing Materials

America Makes
(formerly NAMII) partnership with ASM International, offering the course: Fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing Materials.

Instructor: Howard Kuhn, Ph.D.
December 10-11, 2013
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

236 Boardman Street
Youngstown, OH, 44503 (USA)

Additive manufacturing (AM) encompasses an array of rapidly growing technologies that is revolutionizing the design and manufacture of products for transportation, medical, energy, electronics and consumer use.  In support of the growth of these technologies, this course introduces attendees to the full range of AM processes, the materials used in those processes, design flexibility and limitations, and typical applications.  A major focus of the course is the material structures and properties generated by the various processes, as well as the mechanical resolution and accuracy of parts and components produced by AM.  Details will be given on the sequence of steps in AM production: CAD preparation, process planning, setup, equipment control, post processing and surface finishing.

Discussion and examples will provide insights on application of the basic information to product design, material and process selection, and economic and business aspects of AM.  In addition, descriptions and examples will be given on the use of AM for production of tooling to expedite conventional manufacturing processes.  Demonstrations and hands-on experience will be carried out at the laboratories of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown, OH.

“We are very excited about this partnership and look forward to partnering with other associations to develop a materials for additive manufacturing curriculum starting in 2014” – Thom Passek, Managing Director of ASM International.

Who Should Attend
This course is intended for engineers, technicians, and managers interested in understanding the essential features of AM, evaluating the technologies for their industries, and applying AM in their product development projects.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the fundamental concepts and terminology of AM
  • How to develop CAD input
  • Understand the basic mechanical and material mechanisms in AM production of parts and components
  • Describe the material structures and properties resulting from these mechanisms
  • Learn the design flexibility afforded by AM in comparison to conventional processes
  • Understand the limitations of AM
  • Describe the steps in setup and post processing of parts and components
  • Select materials and processes appropriate for specific applications
  • Carry out cost and time estimates
  • Understand the application of AM to production of tooling in support of conventional manufacturing processes
  • Recognize the future directions of AM and opportunities for new approaches to product development

Course Outline

  1. Overview and historical development of AM
  2. Common characteristics of AM processes and equipment
  3. Generation of CAD input
  4. General setup of AM processes
  5. Features of specific AM processes:
    a. Powder bed fusion
    b. Directed energy deposition
    c. Extrusion
    d. Polymerization
    e. Material jetting
    f.  Binder jetting
    g. Lamination
  6. Microstructures and properties generated by the various material processes
  7. Design flexibility and limitations of AM
  8. Design innovations afforded by AM
  9. Resolution and accuracy
  10. Use of AM for production of casting sand molds, investment casting patterns, and injection molding tooling
  11. Process modeling
  12. Production time and cost calculations
  13. Lifecycle costs
  14. Emerging standards for AM
  15.  Current and emerging applications

To register for the course, go here.  

About America Makes
America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM and 3DP to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness.

Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is built upon an extensive network of additive manufacturing technical expertise surrounding a regional manufacturing cluster within the Eastern Ohio / Western Pennsylvania / West Virginia “Tech Belt” region. America Makes was founded in August 2012 as the pilot institute for up to 15 National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institutes across the country and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM).

National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute
236 West Boardman Street
Youngstown OH 44503 USA
Phone: (330) 622-4299

About ASM International
Celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, ASM is proud to continue to serve the materials engineering community and over 30,000 members from all around the globe. The society provides high-quality, solution-focused materials information through publications, events, databases, training, and an international network of local chapters. To find out more information about ASM International and the benefits that becoming a member includes, visit

ASM World Headquarters
9639 Kinsman Road
Materials Park, OH 44073-0002


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