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).

Additive Manufacturing Technologies:  3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, and Direct Digital Manufacturing, Gibson, Rosen and Stucker, ©2014 Suggested Reference Manual:  Understanding Additive Manufacturing:  Rapid Prototyping – Rapid Tooling – Rapid Manufacturing, Gebhardt and Hanser Verlag, ©2012; Fabricated:  The New World of 3D Printing, Lipson and Kurman, ©2013; Mastering 3D Printing, Horvath, ©2014

  1. Prepare students to understand the historical development and physical principles of current AM technologies.
  2. Train students in the use of CAD/CAE/Optimization systems relevant to AM
  3. Train students in the use of 3D printers (e.g. material extrusion, vat photopolymerization)
  4. Expose students to the engineering principles for evaluating and improving AM technologies
  5. Transfer to the students the knowledge acquired in ongoing research as well as industry experience in the area of AM
  6. Understand the knowledge of manufacturing, design, and material science and engineering in 3D printing
  7. Analyze the underlying thermo-mechanical principles in AM technologies
  8. Operate selected 3D printers as well as evaluate and improve their performance
  9. Design and fabricate 3D printed free-form components that are digitally generated
  10. Evaluate the capabilities and limitations of AM technologies and their application to engineering product design