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Additive Manufacturing

Warren T. Jones, Ph.D., PE

Additive manufacturing is also referred to as 3D printing and consists of a layer-by-layer technique of producing three-dimensional objects directly from a digital model. The following quote from the February 10, 2011 issue of The Economist captures some of the excitement associated with this emerging technology. “Three-dimensional printing makes it as cheap to create single items as it is to produce thousands and thus undermines economies of scale. It may have as profound an impact on the world as the coming of the factory did. Just as nobody could have predicted the impact of the steam engine in 1750 or the printing press in 1450 or the transistor in 1950, it is impossible to foresee the long-term impact of 3D printing. But the technology is coming, and it is likely to disrupt every field it touches.” This course presents a brief description of the additive manufacturing industry and its most prominent near-term technical challenges along with emerging research and development topics that show promise for significant advancement of the field. In addition the role of the Federal Government in advancing this new field is discussed along with reference for additional information for further study and investigation.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.