3D Printing in Design and Construction

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Did you know that additive manufacturing (3D printing or simply 3DP) is revolutionizing the way products are designed, built, and distributed across a wide range of industries including construction, medical, industrial, and consumer products. It is now possible to “print” 3D representations of designs almost as readily as you print a 2D drawing. However, many do not realize that there are actually many different additive manufacturing processes. Each offers different geometry, accuracy, material, and cost characteristics. Most engineers have erroneous ideas about the capabilities of additive manufacturing that prevent them from making effective decisions about the technology. As with any manufacturing process, you must understand its strengths and limitations in order to maximize its benefits. Will you be prepared to make informed decisions about the use of additive manufacturing in your work? Will you be ready to ride this new wave and benefit from these new advances? This interactive online course will give you a foundational understanding of these different methods and the strengths and limitations of each method. You will also learn what characteristics make products most suitable to additive manufacturing. The course will also introduce you to basic principles in design for additive manufacturing. (Fundamental - 2 hours).


At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define additive manufacturing (AM).
  • Describe how key additive manufacturing processes work.
  • List advantages and disadvantages of additive manufacturing.
  • Explain the process for AM part production.
  • Evaluate suitability of common AM process for an intended application.

Nathan Crane

Nathan Crane received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT in 1998 and 1999 respectively. He completed a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005. He has worked for Caldera Engineering (industrial valves), Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, and Sandia National Laboratories. In 2006, Dr. Crane joined the University of South Florida where he is now an associate professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Crane’s research interests lay in the areas of design and advanced manufacturing with a particular interest in additive manufacturing (3D Printing) and digital microfluidics. Recent projects have included microscale actuation using droplet microfluidics, capillary self-assembly process models, and additive manufacturing (3D Printing) of RF systems. His work has been recognized with an NSF graduate research fellowship, the 2005 Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (SFF) Best Paper Award, and a 2015 USF Outstanding Faculty Award. Dr. Crane recently returned from England where he worked with the University of Sheffield Centre for Advanced Additive Manufacturing (ADaM) as a Fulbright Scholar.


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