CVTC To Offer Symposium On Affordable Additive Manufacturing

Mark your calendar: Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) is hosting the virtual 4th Symposium on Affordable Additive Manufacturing on May 14th from 9:00 A.M  to 12:00 PM (Central Time).

Check out the 3rd AM Symposium via CVTC

In a recent workshop at Tennessee Tech University (TTU), Kim Grady presented on how to use a 3D Pen in your classroom. She will conduct a similar workshop from this popular event at Chippewa on the 14th. You can learn more about the previous workshop here: Diving Into Additive Manufacturing With 3D Pen Technology. This workshop promises to help educators get a handle on 3D printing through the use of 3D pen technology. Link and info to register for the current workshop is listed at end of post.

Kim uses the 3Doodler 3D pen in this workshop to demonstrate 3D printing concepts such as layering, joining, geometry and measurement, and adding function to an object. If you are asking: What is a 3D printing pen? — it is a device designed to allow you to make  PLA or ABS plastic 3D objects without a 3D printer. Essentially, the 3Doodler Pen is a handheld extruder.”  –AM News post on previous workshop

This event is a unique opportunity to talk and learn about recent additive manufacturing trends. CVTC is bringing people from the community, industry, national institutes, international organizations, and high schools to get to know each other and open up opportunities for collaboration.

There are recorded videos of previous symposia, developed modules, and more by visiting the Developing Resources for Enhancing Additive Manufacturing (DREAM) websiteIf you are interested in joining this collaborative and interactive event please register here. As part of the National Science Foundation grant, Chippewa is providing a small $200 stipend for high school, middle school, or elementary school teachers who want to attend and participate.

For reference, in November 2020, MatEdU News (our sister publication focused on Materials Education and Materials Science), published a story about the second AM symposium organized by DREAM (NSF Award #1902501). You can read about it here: Chippewa Valley Technical College Offers Additive Manufacturing Symposium.

Wohlers Report 2021 Finds 7.5% Growth in Additive Manufacturing Industry Despite Pandemic

Keeping up with technology trends of any type is no easy feat, but maintaining pace with additive manufacturing would be near impossible without the help of the annual industry-leading report on additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing from Wohlers Associates, a TEAMM Coordination Network partner.

In the Wohlers Report 2021, now in its 26th year, is a detailed look at the trends, perspectives, and forecasts that executives and educators find essential for decision making, education, and knowledge acceleration. The report gives readers new to AM a comprehensive understanding of the technology and industry. Veterans of the technology benefit from up-to-date information on growth, recent trends, and important developments worldwide.

Wohlers Report 2021

This year’s 375-page report discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the AM industry. Even with the pandemic, Wohlers Associates found industry expansion of 7.5 percent to nearly $12.8 billion in 2020. Growth was down considerably, compared to average growth of 27.4% over the previous 10 years. 

Most established manufacturers of AM systems saw a decline in equipment sales, but many less-established companies grew in 2020. An increase in business by AM service providers supported industry wide growth. The following chart shows 7.1% growth from independent service providers worldwide, resulting in nearly $5.3 billion of revenue from this group.

Dr. Ismail Fidan, Professor in Manufacturing and Engineering Technology at Tennessee Tech University, is an associate author of Wohlers Report 2021. He focuses on Academic activities and capabilities, and in the section, he highlights the work of over 130 institutions and 15 research institutes, some examples:

  • “Somerset Community College in Kentucky initiated a new AM project called the Rapid Response Additive Manufacturing Initiative (RRAMI). It involved a statewide rapid response network capable of manufacturing critical supplies in the event of future emergencies.” We shared an RRAMI update on LinkedIn related to our AM News social media efforts.
  • “Five Louisiana universities have been awarded a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to transform AM research and education in Louisiana.” 
  • “The National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded nearly 4 million to Georgia Tech, the University of Texas at El Paso, Purdue University, and Northeastern University. The grant is to advance the competitive competitiveness of metal AM companies in the U.S.”

In addition to the academic section (and the rest of the regular comprehensive report sections), there are new and expanded features in Wohlers Report 2021:

  • 3D printing of food, medicine, and electronics
  • Pricing of metals and polymers and the hidden costs of AM
  • Methods of AM part inspection
  • Pandemic’s impact on the AM industry
  • Compilation of expert reports from 34 countries
  • Tables of AM systems, software tools, service providers, and third-party materials

Of course, at TEAMM as well as MatEdU, we are particularly interested in the materials science and technician side of the industry and Wohlers Report 2021 has a dedicated section, 40-plus pages, on Materials and Processes. In the materials section, are explanations of the latest material processes, such as, vat photopolymerization, powder bed fusion, material jetting, binder jetting, and directed energy deposition, among others. There are deep dives into polymers, graphene and other nanomaterials, new polymer products as well as metal powders for metal AM. The section also explores various 3rd party material producers and talks about the Senvol public database of AM systems and materials.

If you are looking to understand the industry and its many fast-moving parts, Wohlers Report 2021 is a strong way to start (and finish). Read more about Wohlers Associates here.

Fatigue Behavior of Additively Manufactured Steel with Dr. Antti Järvenpää

As the TTU Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Lecture Series heads into its final Spring 2021 lecture on Thursday, April 22nd, participants have been learning from some of the world’s most experienced AM educators and instructors. Next week will be a deep dive into 3D printing with metal with Dr. Antti Järvenpää.

Anyone can attend this free lecture, from anywhere via the Zoom video platform: at 11AM Central Time on Thursday, April 22.

Antti Järvenpää, Ph.D., Research Director of Future Manufacturing Technologies, University of Oulu, Finland will present on the Fatigue Behavior of Additively Manufactured Steel. In this talk, Dr. Järvenpää shares his research into the quality of printed metal (it is similar in strength to wrought metals) as well as the reliability of it. He has some excellent photos that show the surface roughness of various metal AM methods (Binder Jetting, Joule Printing, Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion (E-PBF), Powder DED -Directed Energy Deposition-, among others). Plus, some “3D printed eye candy” with exquisite finished prints (just one below) for attendees to see.

Image Courtesy: Future Manufacturing Technologies, University of Oulu, Finland

If you have wanted an understanding of metal materials, how to post-treat metal prints to overcome defects, and to explore how metal additive manufacturing is continuing to evolve and improve as a manufacturing method, this talk is one to put on your calendar. 

You can read more about Dr. Järvenpää’s work at this University page: Future Manufacturing Technologies (FMT) research group or the Nordic Community for Fast Steel Heat Treatments which is dedicated to creating a better world by decreasing the environmental load caused by steel manufacturing, fabrication and use of steel-based applications.


Details on the first three lectures are linked below:

Please visit the College of Engineering at Tennessee Tech page for all the details on the Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Lecture Series for Spring 2021. The full archive of past additive manufacturing webinars is here.

The Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Virtual Lecture Series is partially funded by the NSF Award 1601587, “AM-WATCH: Additive Manufacturing-Workforce Advancement Training Coalition and Hub.

Challenges And Opportunities In Medical Device Additive Manufacturing

The TTU Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Lecture Series is always packed with powerful insights and dynamic, experienced speakers (most of who are often professors involved with teaching about manufacturing and 3D printing / Additive Manufacturing – AM). This Spring 2021 Series is no exception. 

The first two lectures in Spring 2021 have been highlighting design, AM design trends, and design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM), but next week’s talk on shifts to the Challenges of Additive Manufacturing in the Medical Device Industry with Dr. Gaffar Gailani, Professor & Director of the Center of Medical Devices & Additive Manufacturing, in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering Tech at the New York City College of Technology (also known as “City Tech,” the senior college within the City University of New York). 

Anyone can attend this free lecture, from anywhere via the Zoom video platform: at 11AM Central Time on Thursday, April 1.

Medical Device 3D Printing from Dr. Gaffar Gailani presentation at the TTU Spring Series 2021

Dr. Gaffar will be sharing about opportunities and obstacles for Medical Device AM. With his deep interest in Porous Media, Bone Biomechanics, and Biomaterials, this is sure to be a presentation that captures a wide range of students and faculty as well as entrepreneurs, researchers, and medical professionals. Some of the known challenges in Medical Device AM: 

  • Material Properties (Isotropy vs. anisotropy, Strength) what parameters are required to produce the desired material properties.
  • Motivation to use AM ( Speed, Complexity solver, Cost, Customization,…etc)
  • Optimization of AM for four critical factors
  • Cost calculation for large production.
  • Sterilization (polymers)

On his website and in a brief interview, Dr. Gaffar explained “the United States remains the largest medical device market in the world with a market size of around $110 billion (2016 figures). There are more than 6,500 medical device companies in the U.S., mostly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Medical device companies are located throughout the country but the states with the highest number of companies include California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Michigan.”

You can read Dr. Gaffar Gailani Bio page at City Tech here or explore the Center Of Medical Devices and Additive Manufacturing (CMDAM) where he is the Founder and Director.

If you are interested in design or DfAM, you can read more about the TTU Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Lecture Spring 2021 Series that began with Dr. Jennifer Loy from Deakin University in Australia: 3D Printing Product Development Decisions with Dr. Jennifer Loy. The second talk was: Design Trends For Additive Manufacturing From Dr. Patrick Pradel at the Design for Digital Fabrication Research Group (D4DF) at the Loughborough Design School in the UK.

Please visit the College of Engineering at Tennessee Tech page for all the details on the Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Lecture Series for Spring 2021.

Design Trends For Additive Manufacturing From Dr. Patrick Pradel

TTU Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Lecture Series presents…

On March 11, Dr. Patrick Pradel from Loughborough University, United Kingdom, will present on the Current State of Design for AM Education via the Tennessee Tech additive manufacturing lecture series.

Join from anywhere, via the Zoom video platform: at 11AM Central Time on Thursday, March 11.

Last month, the TTU Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Lecture Spring 2021 Series began with Dr. Jennifer Loy: 3D Printing Product Development Decisions with Dr. Jennifer Loy. Dr. Loy opened with the unique capabilities of additive manufacturing (AM), then shared examples and tips on “how manufacturers could approach integrating the technology into their business from a product design point of view.”

In January 2016, Dr Pradel joined the Design for Digital Fabrication Research Group (D4DF) at the Loughborough Design School as a research associate and is currently working on an EPSRC funded Network project on Design for Additive Manufacturing (Design for AM-Net – Additive Manufacturing Network). The DfAM Network is a collaborative effort between Loughborough University and Lancaster University to connect the UK DfAM community. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences.

Thanks to Patrick’s overall research in design and AM, across nearly two decades of product design and manufacturing, he will be sharing current trends and opportunities for students and faculty interested in the field. Read Dr. Pradel’s full bio on LinkedIn and his Loughborough University profile page.

Please visit the College of Engineering at Tennessee Tech page for all the details on the Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Lecture Series for Spring 2021.