Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Additive Manufacturing

ME 59700 / 3 Cr.

This course explains the engineering aspects and physical principles of available AM technologies (binder and material jetting, sheet lamination, vat photopolymerization, directed energy deposition, powder bed fusion, and material extrusion technologies), as well as their most relevant applications and criteria to successfully select an AM technology for the embodiment of a particular design (material compatibility, interfaces issues, strength requirements).

Primary Track: Solid Mechanics & CAE, Materials


Additive Manufacturing Technologies: 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, and Direct Digital Manufacturing, Gibson, Rosen and Stucker, Springer, 2nd Edition  

  • Discuss the historical development and physical principles of current additive manufacturing technologies 
  • Use CAD/CAE/Optimization systems relevant to additive manufacturing 
  • Use 3D printers (e.g. material extrusion, vat photopolymerization) 
  • Use engineering principles to evaluate and improve additive manufacturing technologies 
  • Use knowledge of manufacturing, design, and material science and engineering in 3D printing 
  • Analyze the underlying thermo-mechanical principles in additive manufacturing technologies 
  • Operate selected 3D printers as well as evaluate and improve their performance 
  • Design and fabricate 3D printed free-form components that are digitally generated 
  • Evaluate the capabilities and limitations of additive manufacturing technologies and their application to engineering product design 
  • Overview of additive manufacturing technologies
  • CAD/CAE/Optimization in additive manufacturing
  • Theory of additive manufacturing
  • Additive manufacturing in practice
  • Design for additive manufacturing