Additive Manufacturing Materials Science

Provided by: ToolingU

Each material is distinguished from another material by microstructure, mechanical and physical properties, and life cycle. Different AM processes require the use of different AM materials. Therefore, an individual must understand materials’ science to ensure proper material selection. Understanding the materials that are compatible with additive manufacturing processes is an essential part of AM process success. After completing this class, users will not only be able to distinguish between thermoplastic and thermoset polymers, ferrous metals and nonferrous alloys, and ceramic and composite materials, but users will also be able to determine which material type is most appropriate for use with a specific AM process.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe additive manufacturing
  • Distinguish between different mechanical properties
  • Distinguish between different physical properties
  • Describe the microstructure of polymers
  • Describe the properties of polymers
  • Describe thermosets
  • Describe thermoplastics
  • Describe the different polymers commonly used in AM processes
  • Describe considerations for polymer selection in additive manufacturing
  • Describe the microstructure of metals
  • Describe the mechanical and physical properties of metal
  • Describe the different steels commonly used in AM processes
  • Describe the different nonferrous alloys commonly used in AM processes
  • Describe the types of superalloys commonly used in AM processes
  • Distinguish between water and gas atomization
  • Describe considerations for metal selection in additive manufacturing
  • Describe the microstructure and properties of ceramics
  • Describe AM composites and their properties
  • Describe considerations for ceramic and composite selection in additive manufacturing.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for engineers in R&D, material & manufacturing engineers working with products to be manufactured using AM methods.

Course ID


Skill Focus

Smart Technology



Employee Type

New Applicants, 1st level supervisor

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

3 hrs



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