In-Person 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
Duration: >1 day
Registration Info

About the Instructor(s)

Michael J. Bortner
Professor, Virginia Tech University

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

Timothy E. Long
Professor, Arizona State University

Dr. Timothy Long is a faculty member in the School of Molecular Sciences and the School for Engineering Matter, Transport and Energy at Arizona State University (ASU), leading nearly 15 interdisciplinary researchers in macromolecular science and engineering with a recent focus on sustainable and green strategies for innovation. He currently serves as Director of the Biodesign Center for Sustainable Macromolecular Materials and Manufacturing at ASU.

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. His research has spanned the entire value chain of Additive Manufacturing, including design for AM methodologies, novel AM processes and materials, and cyber-physical security. A current research focus in in process-structure-property relationships inclusive of all polymeric AM processes.

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


Jun 25 - Jun 30, 2023

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

Early Bird Full Price
Member(Premium Package) $3595
Member or Associate(Standard or Basic Package) $3795
Non-Member $3795

Check in opens at 4:30 PM on the first day of the course. Course fee includes a course manual, continental breakfast, lunch, and networking event.

Course fee includes a course manual, continental breakfast, lunch, and networking event.