On-Demand Polymeric Materials for Additive Manufacturing

Learn the fundamentals of additive manufacturing including design polymer structure that aligns with diverse printing platforms and Correlation of structure-property- processing relationships to accelerate innovation.

Pricing: Starting USD 3595
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About the Instructor(s)

Michael J. Bortner

Professor, Virginia Tech University

Dr. Michael J. Bortner is assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech University. Dr. Bortner has a decade of industry experience working in polymer and composite materials and process development.

Timothy E. Long

Professor, Arizona State University

Dr. Timothy E. Long joined Virginia Tech in 1999 and recently completed his five-year term as the Director of the Macromolecules Innovation Institute (MII) at Virginia Tech

Christopher B. Williams

Professor , Virginia Tech University

Christopher B. Williams, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, has conducted research in Additive Manufacturing for over 20 years.

About the Course

  1. Understand Practical Uses of Additive Manufacturing Methods and the Predictive Structure-Property-Processing  Relationships.
  2. Design Novel Polymeric Materials with a Balance of Reactivity and Rheology for Diverse Printing Platforms.
  3. Work and Consult with Renowned Authorities in the Additive Manufacturing Field.
  4. Acquire Hands-on Experience by Performing or Discussing a Variety of Experiments in a Small Group Laboratory Environment.
  5. Gain a Remarkable Breadth of Knowledge of 3D Printing -  Covering a Variety of Topics from Thermoplastic Design to Solution Rheology.
  6. Solve Your Practical, Work-Related Problems by Discussing Your Work with Additive Manufacturing and Polymer Experts. 

What You Will Learn

  • The fundamentals of additive manufacturing
  • Design of polymer structure that aligns with diverse printing platforms
  • Correlation of structure-property- processing relationships to accelerate innovation

Who Should Attend

Anyone currently working or beginning to work with additive manufacturing and its applications, including bachelor degree through Ph.D. level research chemists, engineers, physicists, or technicians should take this course. Managers in the polymer industry will greatly benefit from this in-depth, lecture-laboratory course. No prior knowledge of additive manufacturing is assumed. Although some introductory lectures are included on polymer science and engineering, some working knowledge of polymer chemistry would be useful.  This course is also ideal for K-12 teachers and university professors who wish to integrate additive manufacturing principles into their courses.

Course Outline

  • Sunday


    Welcome and Outline of Course: Resolution, Rheology & Reactivity 

    Resolution: Additive Manufacturing Processes

    Rheology: Polymer Rheology in AM Processes

    Reactivity: Polymer Terminology and Classes

  • Monday

    Rheology in Extrusion-Based Additive Manufacturing: Fused Filament Fabrication

    Thermoplastic Design and Properties

    Rheology in Extrusion-Based Additive Manufacturing: Fused Filament Fabrication and Direct Ink Write

    Extrusion-Based AM Lab

    Structure-Property Relationships of Printed Parts

  • Tuesday

    Photopolymerization-Based Additive Manufacturing: Vat Photopolymerization, UV-DIW, & Material Jetting

    Lab - Chemical, physical, and thermal characterization of Polymers

    Influence of Light on Viscoelasticity

    Structure-Property Relationships of Photo-reactive Polymers

  • Wednesday

    Introduction to Thermal Properties of Polymers 

    Polymer Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing

    Structure-Property Relationships of SLS Materials

    Processing in SLS and Structure-Properties

    Lab – SLS and SLA

  • Thursday

    Jetting Additive Manufacturing Processes

    Solution Rheology

    Polymers for Jetting


    ACS Networking Event 

  • Friday

    Emerging Topics in Printing for Additive

    Emerging Topics in Materials Design for Additive

    Emerging Topics in Properties and Performance of Printed Objects

Dates, Locations, and Prices


May 15 - May 22, 2022

Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center 901 Prices Fork Road Blacksburg, VA 24061

Full Price Member(Premium Package) $3595 All Others  $3795