Dec 08, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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ME 4250 - Additive Manufacturing

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits

Course Description
This course leverages the availability of multiple additive manufacturing technologies on campus to give students the opportunity to design for and create parts with each technology.  Fused deposition modeling, stereolithography, selective laser sintering, powder bed, and inkjet technologies will be explained along with the benefits and pitfalls of designing for each of them.  Printed part finishing and processing techniques will be covered (prereq: senior standing)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Maintain, diagnose problems with, and repair a FDM-based 3D printer
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of how to design for FDM, SLA, and SLS 3D printing technologies
  • Identify potential problem areas, in terms of printability and final part functionality, for a given design and 3D printing technology
  • Formulate and convey constructive criticism and useful feedback about designs created by others

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Fused deposition/fused filament modeling
  • Design and assembly of an FDM/FFF printers
  • Part strength due to build orientation
  • Post-processing requirements
  • Alternative extrusion-based systems
  • Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Technology overview and machine demo at the RPC
  • Benefits of accuracy and speed
  • Post-processing requirements
  • SLA and mold creation for rubber/urethane casting
  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS and others)
  • Technology overview and machine demo at the RPC
  • Benefits of not needing supports
  • Design considerations for plastics vs metals
  • Part finishing and processing
  • Electroplating
  • Hydrographic printing
  • Metal casting


Dr. Nathan Patterson

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