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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

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

  • The course will address AM approaches for polymers, metals, ceramics and composites. However, special emphasis will be placed on metal additive manufacturing.
  • Projects will focus on design optimization using AM and metal additive manufacturing.

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 or home computer, and they are expected to participate in class discussion. Additional 15 minutes (5:45 to 6 PM) will be available for any further clarification / discussion, if needed.

All lectures will be taped and available to students during this 9 week long course offering (In case you miss a class or want to go over the material again).

For projects, all parts will be printed at WSU facility using FDM printer (Project 1) and powder bed-based metal AM printer (Project 2). All projects will be team based (5 members per team).

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.

Course Details

Start Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020; End Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020

Duration: 9 weeks

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: 4

Cost: $2100

For registration questions, contact Noncredit Online Courses at 509-335-5157 or

For course related questions, contact the instructor.

Enrollment is limited to 60 students. Please register early to secure your seat.

Each registrant will receive a Kindle copy of the required textbook*
*Additive Manufacturing (2nd Edition) by A. Bandyopadhyay and S. Bose, CRC Press (2019).


Boeing employees: This program is eligible for the Learning Together Program. Please check your eligibility to participate and then go to the following website to enroll:

Additive Manufacturing for Practicing Engineers registration.

Amit Bandyopadhyay


Amit Bandyopadhyay, 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 (2nd Edition), will be used as a text for this class.


All projects will be team based.

Project 1

Design and printing of plastic parts using fused deposition modeling (FDM) with where performance optimization is the key. We will learn the basic concept of strength to weight ratio and how that can be tailored with design and print parameter variations.

Project 2

This project will focus on metal additive manufacturing using laser powder bed system. Theme will be part consolidation using simple topology optimization.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to additive manufacturing
  2. 1st generation additive manufacturing technologies for polymers
  3. Additive manufacturing of polymer-based composites
  4. Design issues in additive manufacturing
  5. Fundamentals of solidification and sintering processes
  6. Metal additive manufacturing – Powder bed
  7. Metal additive manufacturing – directed energy deposition
  8. Metal additive manufacturing – other approaches
  9. Additive manufacturing of bimetallic and multi-material structures
  10. Additive manufacturing of ceramics
  11. Future trends in additive manufacturing