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Additive Manufacturing for Professional Engineers course being offered by MABE

The University of Tennessee Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering Department

Manufacturing-related research is a major national focus that seeks to make the USA globally competitive in product manufacturing. Primary ways to achieve these goals are new technologies and higher degrees of automation. MABE seeks to become a leader in advanced manufacturing. Research activities are presently focused on additive manufacturing, traditional subtractive manufacturing, material characterization, and intelligent closed loop control of basic manufacturing processes. New methods and tools to minimize production wastes, energy consumption, and environmental impact are being studied.

What is additive Manufacturing?

Additive manufacturing (AM), more commonly known as 3D Printing, offers the ability to produce incredibly complex components of arbitrary shape and design.  Such technologies, which produce three-dimensional components directly from a computer-aided design (CAD) interface, have been developed over the past three decades for a wide variety of materials. Specialized components are currently being designed to take advantage of the unique geometric freedom that AM offers and several applications are being discovered that minimize weight, reduce time-to-market, and save money.

About this Training

The Additive Manufacturing Training for Professional Engineers is a comprehensive, hands-on, 40-hour introduction to additive manufacturing as it applies to today’s industry.

Topics Covered

  1. Official Definition of Additive Manufacturing
  2. Polymer systems
    1. 7 types of AM
    2. Detailed look at Selective Laser Sintering
    3. Detailed look at Fused Deposition Modeling
    4. Detailed look at Stereolithography
    5. Hand’s On Demonstration with desktop 3D printers
    6. FDM Slicing considerations
  3. Metal systems
    1. Powder Bed systems
      1. Feedstock considerations
      2. Selective Laser Melting
  • Electron Beam Melting
  1. Binderjet technology
  2. Quality Control issues
  1. Direct Metal Deposition systems
  2. Large Melt Pool Metal processes
  1. Data flow
    1. Faceted Model Creation
    2. System parameters adjustment
    3. Topology Optimization
  2. Hand’s on Tour through ORNL MDF
    1. FDM hardware
    2. Big Area Additive Manufacturing Overview
    3. Metals hardware overview


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Departmental Contact

Dr. Matthew Young
Eastman Professor of Practice
Director, MABE MAKERLab
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering
306D Dougherty Engineering Building
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-7689