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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Online Courses

Additive Manufacturing for Practicing Engineers

A WSU Noncredit Online Course for Boeing Employees

About The Course

Two-module course designed for engineers, managers and technical staff who wish to acquire practical knowledge of additive manufacturing through lectures and hands-on group projects.

  • The course addresses AM approaches for polymers, metals, ceramics and composites
  • Projects entail iterative design-and-make processes to optimize the final part

Module 1: Lectures + 2 projects addressing design and systems-level integration of AM parts

Module 2: Lectures + 2 projects addressing topology optimization for AM

All lectures will be delivered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.30 to 5.45 PM by Prof. Bandyopadhyay from WSU-Pullman. Students should attend the lecture from their own office computer and they are expected to participate is class discussion. Additional 15 minutes (5.45 to 6 PM) is available for any further clarification / discussion, if needed.

All lectures will be taped and available to students during this 13 weeks of course offering if they miss a class or want to go over the material again.

For projects, all parts will be printed at Boeing Everett facility using FDM printers. A few part will be printed using other polymer printers as well. All projects will be team based.


Amit Bandyopadhyay, Herman and Brita Lindholm Endowed Chair Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University.


Phone: (509) 335-4862.

Amit Bandyopadhyay is working in the areas of additive manufacturing since 1995. He has written over 300 technical articles, edited 10 books and inventor of 19 issued patents. His edited book, Additive Manufacturing, will be used as a text for this class, which has also been translated in Chinese.

How to Enroll

Boeing employees: This program is eligible for the Learning Together Program. Please check your eligibility to participate and then follow these instructions to enroll:

1. Go to TotalAccess > Career & Learning > Training & Development > Learning Together Program (LTP) > My LTP to enroll in the LTP system. You must complete all required fields on the LTP online enrollment (Reference the WSU course flyer). Employees in the U.S. will populate a tuition voucher for billing purposes by way of the LTP enrollment.

  • Click “Create New Enrollment” and populate the form
  • Student ID is not required
  • Please enroll as a “Certificate” program in the LTP system
  • Add the Additive Manufacturing course to your enrollment
  • Use course number 101-400025

2. Go to and sign up for the course through Washington State University’s Noncredit Online Courses. This registration will add you to the course space online. It will require that you upload your tuition voucher, so it’s important you sign up through the LTP first.

  • At the end of the registration process, choose “Boeing Learning Together Program” as your payment method.
  • The billing address can be found on your tuition voucher.

3. WSU will work with Boeing’s LTP to fulfill payment.

Course Details

Start Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019; End Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2019

Duration: 6 weeks for Module 1; 1 week break / catch-up; 6 weeks for Module 2

Lecture Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 –6 PM

Format: Synchronous distance learning + hands-on projects (recorded lectures will be available online for asynchronous viewing)

Continuing Education Credits: 6

Cost: $2000

For registration questions, contact Joni Ford with Noncredit Online Courses at:

509-335-5157 or

For course related questions, contact the instructor.

Enrollment is limited to 45 students. Please register early to secure your seat.

Each registrant will receive a Kindle copy of the required textbook*
*Additive Manufacturing by A. Bandyopadhyayand S. Bose, CRC Press (2015).

Course objective

The primary objective of this course is to help engineers understand how additive manufacturing (3D Printing) can be utilized in product design through in-class lectures and hands-on group projects.


All projects will be team based.

Project 1:

Design and printing of plastic parts using fused deposition modeling (FDM) with features that cannot be processed using traditional manufacturing. This project is designed to help students appreciate inherent advantages of layer-by-layer manufacturing.

Project 2:

The 2nd project will involve design and printing of multi-part system that will require assembly. This project is designed to understand what kind of dimensional variations can be allowed in AM processed parts.

Project 3:

This project will involve design of simple parts where build time can be minimized without compromising mechanical strength. Built time estimation along with cost analysis will be a part of this project.

Project 4:

This final project will integrate all the above project ideas where concept of topology optimization will also be introduced.

Course Outline