Education and training

The NextManufacturing Center aspires to enable creative, hands-on problem solving in a learning-by-doing environment that will prepare students and researchers for leadership in advanced manufacturing. To accomplish this goal, the Center offers several educational and training initiatives to introduce and further knowledge of this technology. Each of the following educational activities exploits additive manufacturing equipment and research at Carnegie Mellon.

NextOutreach for K-12 students and teachers

The NextManufacturing Center is dedicated to promoting the widespread adoption of additive manufacturing technology. To do this, the Center is aiming young: towards children who will be the future minds of this growing research field. Working with the Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach, NextManufacturing Center offers outreach to elementary, middle and high schools, and provides NextTraining courses for high school teachers and industrial workforce.

 

NextCourses for university students

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The NextManufacturing Center offers several additive manufacturing (AM) courses to undergraduate and graduate students as well as an undergraduate minor in AM and a Master of Science in AM.  Three core courses are required for each of these degree options:

  • Additive Manufacturing Processing and Product Development
  • Materials Science for Additive Manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing Laboratory

A variety of approved electives allow students to complete the minor or Master of Science degree with the flexibility to tailor the program to their interests.

Attend our Additive Manufacturing Education Open House on April 11, 2018 open to all interested CMU College of Engineering undergraduate students.

Learn more about the undergraduate minor and Master of Science programs.

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NextSeminars for the university community and external partners

The NextManufacturing Center holds regularly scheduled seminars on specific technical topics of importance in additive manufacturing. These seminars are held in Scott Hall 6142 and are open to Center members, as well as other interested members of the CMU community. Next Manufacturing Center Consortium members are able to participate online.

The Fall 2017–Spring 2018 series includes:

 

 

NextTraining for professionals

The NextManufacturing Center offers introductory and part-specific course sessions for practicing industry professionals with technical backgrounds. These specialized courses require additional safety, including a legal agreement for participation.

Introduction to the Arcam S12 Electron Beam Metal Process and Equipment

An introductory review of the electron beam metal process and the Arcam S12 equipment will be provided. The basic principles of materials selection, powder spreading and process control will be discussed. The course includes eight hours of on-site instruction scheduled as four hours on each of two consecutive days as well as the production of three standard parts using a design chosen by CMU.

During this session, participants will be instructed on how to set up a build, use Magics software, load the design file into the machine, set the machine parameters, set up the build chamber and start the build. Participants will also be instructed on how to extract the part from the machine and perform all post processing. Each participant will be given one part to take at the end of the session.

Cost:

  • $4000 per participant, three participants required. Participants need not be from the same company.
  • $1000 discount for all NextManufacturing Center Consortium members. The discount applies to each individual participant from a member company.

 

Introduction to the EOS M290 Laser Sintering Process and Equipment

An introductory review of the laser sintering process and the EOS M290 equipment will be provided. The basic principles of materials selection, powder spreading and process control will be discussed. The course includes eight hours of on-site instruction scheduled as four hours on each of two consecutive days as well as the production of standard parts using a design chosen by CMU.

During this session, participants will be instructed on how to set up a build, use Magics software, load the design file into the machine, set the machine parameters, set up the build chamber and start the build. Participants will also be instructed on how to extract the part from the machine and perform all post processing. Each participant will be given one part to take at the end of the session.

Cost:

  • $4000 per participant, three participants required. Participants need not be from the same company.
  • $1000 discount for all NextManufacturing Center Consortium members. The discount applies to each individual participant from a member company.

 

Producing Parts Using the Arcam S12 Electron Beam Metal Process and Equipment

An understanding of the Arcam electron beam melting (EBM) metal process sufficient to allow the submission of a buildable part design to CMU is assumed. The participant-specified part design must be submitted in advance for review. Checking of the provided part design for its ability to be built will be done by CMU in preparation for the on-site sessions. The course includes 8 hours of on-site instruction scheduled as 4 hours on each of two consecutive days as well as the production of one participant-specified part using the participant-specified design.

On day one, participants will be instructed on how to setup a build, use Magics software, load the design file into the machine, set the machine parameters, set up the build chamber and start the build. The build will run overnight. One day two, the participant will be instructed on how to extract the part from the machine and perform all post processing. The participant will be given the part to take at the end of the session.

Cost:

  • $10,000 for an individual participant with an existing part design. $2500 per additional participant from the same company or program using the same part design. A maximum of three participants is allowed.
  • $2000 discount for all NextManufacturing Center Consortium members. The discount is off the total cost regardless of the number of participants.

 

Producing Parts Using the EOS M290 Laser Sintering Process and Equipment

An understanding of the EOS laser sintering process sufficient to allow the submission of a buildable part design to CMU is assumed. The participant-specified part design must be submitted in advance for review. Checking of the provided part design for its ability to be built will be done by CMU in preparation for the on-site sessions. The course includes 8 hours of on-site instruction scheduled as 4 hours on each of two consecutive days as well as the production of one participant-specified part using the participant-specified design.

On day one, participants will be instructed on how to setup a build, use Magics software, load the design file into the machine, set the machine parameters, set up the build chamber and start the build. The build will run overnight. One day two, the participant will be instructed on how to extract the part from the machine and perform all post processing. The participant will be given the part to take at the end of the session.

Cost:

  • $10,000 for an individual participant with an existing part design. $2500 per additional participant from the same company or program using the same part design. A maximum of three participants is allowed.
  • $2000 discount for all NextManufacturing Center Consortium members. The discount is off the total cost regardless of the number of participants.

More training

The NextManufacturing Center also offers workforce training in conjunction with the Robert C. Byrd Institute and Catalyst Connection.