This course will provide an overview of different metal additive manufacturing technologies with a focus on producing parts with Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM). Topics to be covered include the anatomy of a DMLM printer, the DMLM printing process, materials available in the market, and design best practices.
An understanding of the DMLM process and how an EOS M290 printer operates, and the ability to design parts that are printable on an EOS M290 machine.
This course will provide the fundamental competencies needed to operate polymer extrusion printing equipment. Students will receive both equipment and software information on how to use the printers and software. This will help those with limited experience be able to form desktop models, all the way up to large format industrial models.
An understanding of best practices when working with AM polymer extrusion techniques including solid model design to enhance buildability, print orientation, and the use of specialized support structures.
This course will cover the steps of the repair development process including suitability analysis, repair design, cold spray processing, and qualification testing. Additionally, students will be introduced to the currently approved scope of use and the technical data that permits use of cold spray as a repair technology on USAF aircraft components.
An understanding of how to conduct a qualified cold spray repair and the steps of developing a new cold spray repair.
This course will describe the metals characterization process utilized for additive manufacturing. Inconel 718 will be used as the case study for characterization. We will also cover the key material properties of additive metals such as aluminum, titanium, and steel. We’ll also cover the role of heat treatment in the AM flow path.
An understanding of a sample material characterization and the development process to learn how to set up and establish additive manufacturing process flow paths for metal materials.
This course will provide the knowledge necessary for planning, ordering and installing of additive manufacturing equipment with an emphasis on the EOS M290 Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM) and the Fortus F900 Fused Deposition Melting (FDM) machines. Much of the information learned can be applied to other brands of machines and other additive manufacturing technologies.
An understanding of the facility requirements for the USAF standard additive manufacturing equipment.