National Forum on Additive Manufacturing Education & Training

October 11-12, 2016

Venue Phone Contact Address
Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel 814-863-7136 215 Innovation Blvd, State College, PA 16803

Event Details

Additive manufacturing provides unprecedented design and material freedom, allowing us to fabricate parts and structures that were otherwise impossible or too expensive to make. This enables us to light weight components, consolidate assemblies, and functionally-grade materials that improve performance, lower cost, and increase quality. This is challenging not only what we design but how we design, and our educational paradigms have struggled to keep pace. We need to rethink not only how we educate our students in engineering, design, and related fields to use 3D printing technology to its fullest, but also retrain the existing workforce to take advantage of the design flexibility that additive manufacturing enables.

Please join us for the National Forum on Additive Manufacturing (AM) Education & Training at the Penn Stater Conference Center & Hotel on 11-12 October 2016 in State College, PA to learn how universities, community colleges, and industry are ising to meet this challenge. Penn State and America Makes are on the leading edge of this paradigm shift in AM education and training, and we have partnered to bring you an exciting line-up of academic and industry speakers and panelists. We will also present the inaugural Pioneer in Additive Manufacturing Medal to the “father of 3D printing”, Mr. Charles (Chuck) Hull from founder of 3D Systems, who will give the Keynote address during the first day of the forum.

Day 1 focuses on current educational efforts within universities and community colleges, with input from industry leaders concerning challenges that they encounter in their industry The day will end with a panel discussion of leading designers and artists that are pushing the boundaries of 3D printing and its use in the classroom, followed by a poster session and networking event with the speakers and panelists. Participants will also be able to tour the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D), a state-of-the-art AM facility which also serves as the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility under DARPA’s Open Manufacturing program.

Day 2 of the forum focuses on national efforts and training programs that target both incumbent workers as well as the next generation of engineers, designers, and manufacturers. America Makes will present its Roadmap for Workforce & Education Outreach, after which participants will be invited to join one of two working groups to discuss (1) industry needs and training in AM and (2) opportunities for a national network for AM education. The forum concludes with a report out by the two working groups and a discussion of next steps.

Goals and Objectives of the Forum:


New schedule


Welcome and Introductory Remarks

3D Printing in the University: Models & Best Practices

Regional & Community Efforts: Success Stories

Lunch & Keynote Speaker

AM in Industry: Education & Training Needs

Future Trends in Additive Manufacturing Education: What's Next?

National Programs & AM Training Efforts

America Makes Workforce, Education, and Outreach (WEO)