Course Description : Additive manufacturing is the formalized term for what used to be called rapid prototyping and what is popularly called 3D Printing. Today 3D printing is becoming an important section of manufacturing technology. This emerging method is said to create a paradigm shift in methods and pace of production. In this course, basic principles and development of additive manufacturing, generalized process chain, Vat photopolymerization, powder bed fusion, extrusion-based processes, material jetting, sheet lamination and directed energy deposition processes, direct write technologies, low cost systems, process selection guidelines, post processing and software issues, direct digital manufacturing, design for additive manufacturing, rapid tooling, applications, business opportunities and future directions of the method will be covered.

Course Objectives : Course will study methods used in additive manufacturing, theories governing the additive manufacturing, give information on materials, explain relations between materials to be processed and methods of additive manufacturing with introduction to common machines used for the technology and show applications and business opportunities with future directions. The studen also will gain the ability to manufacture a 3D part by using some of the methods of additive manufacturing

Course Material: Text book and referance books are listed at the last paragraph.  Besides, lecture notes will be posted on the course web site (possibly after the lecture hour) as pdf files.  These files will include PowerPoint slides presented in the class.  It is strictly recommended that the students review the topics by working on these pdf files given for student’s benefit. 

Examinations: There will be 1 mid-term examination, 1 final examination.  These exams aim to evaluate the additive amnufacturing knowledge of the student,

Attendance: According to the university regulations, students must attend at least 70 % of the lecture hours.  Otherwise, the student gets NA (Not attended) from the course.  Valid excuses are exempt from computation of these percentages.

Apart from the university regulations, it is of student’s benefit to attend all of the lecture hours.  In fact, the students are expected to attend all of the sessions throughout the semester, since the sessions follow a series of applications.

Grading: Final grade will be over 100 points. Weight of each grading item will be as below.

Homework and Project     30 %

Midterm                          30 %

Attendance                       5 %

Final                               40 %

Text Book:

Additive Manufacturing Technologies, Ian Gibson, David Rosen, Brent Stucker, Springer Publ. 2015.

Reference Books:

Laser Additive Manufacturing of High-Performance Materials, Dongdong Gu, Springer Publ. 2014

Understanding Additive Manufacturing, Andreas Gebhardt, Hanser Publishers, 2011

Tentative weekly course schedule:




Introduction and Basic Principles of Additive Manufacturing


Development of Additive Manufacturing Technology


Generalized Additive Manufacturing Process Chain


Vat Photopolymerization Processes / Powder Bed Fusion Processes / Extrusion-Based Systems


Material Jetting / Binder Jetting / Sheet Lamination Processes


Directed Energy Deposition Processes / Direct Write Technologies


The Impact of Low-Cost AM Systems / Guidelines for Process Selection


Post-processing / Software Issues


Direct Digital Manufacturing / Design for Additive Manufacturing


Rapid Tooling


Applications of Additive Manufacturing


Applications of Additive Manufacturing


Comparison of Additive Manufacturing Methods


Business Opportunities and Future Directions