Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, rapid prototyping or freeform fabrication, is “the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies” such as machining. The term 3D printing can be defined as “the fabrication of objects through the deposition of a material using a print head, nozzle, or another printer technology.”

There are 2 main families of additive manufacturing technologies:

  • Powder bed technologies
    • Selective Laser Melting (SLM) where the metal powder is melted by a laser beam
    • Electron Beam Melting (EBM) where the metal powder is melted by an electron beam after a preheating step
    • Precision inkjet printing where the metal powder is mixed with a binder: after the printing operation, the part is consolidated by sintering
  • Blown powder technologies, also known as Laser Metal Deposition or Laser cladding
    • In this process, the metal powder is blown coaxially to the laser beam which melts the particles on a base metal to form a metallurgical bond when cooled

For more information on Additive Manufacturing, EPMA has a short introduction here.

Date: August 20-24, 2018
Dresden, Germany

Academic Partner: Fraunhofer IFAM, Technical University of Dresden
Industrial Partner:
Prototypenzentrum GmbH





20 August

Welcome and general introduction to Additive Manufacturing of metals, ceramics, and polymers

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Kieback, Technical University of Dresden


Design principles: from CAD to process

Dipl.-Ing. Michael Süß, Technical University of Dresden


Electron Beam Melting (EBM)

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Weißgärber, Fraunhofer IFAM


Visit of Fraunhofer IKTS / IWS / IFAM labs, Dresden


21 August

Selective Laser Melting (SLM)

Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Müller, Fraunhofer IWU


Solid-state Additive Manufacturing methods

Dr.-Ing. Kay Reuter, Fraunhofer IFAM


Metal powders for AM – Properties and characterization

Dr.-Ing. Silvia Vock, Fraunhofer IFAM


Workshops in small groups: Electron Beam Melting, SLM, FFF


22 August

General Topic 1: Mechanical Testing

Dipl.-Ing. Ulrike Jehring, IFAM


Hybrid Technologies in Additive Manufacturing

Prof. Dr. Frank Brückner, Fraunhofer IWS


Workshops in small groups: Electron Beam Melting, SLM, FFF


Social event in the city of Dresden


23 August

Lab work: powder characterization


Industrial case studies

Dipl.-Ing. Christian Thaler, FIT AG


Lab work: powder characterization


Plant visit - Prototypenzentrum Dresden GmbH


24 August

General Topic 2: Introduction to Life Cycle Analysis

Dr.-Ing. Olaf Andersen, Fraunhofer IFAM





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