Chippewa Valley Technical College Offers Additive Manufacturing Symposium

In this Additive Manufacturing virtual symposium, on Friday, November 6th, Mahmood Lahroodi and team have set up a morning of packed-sessions on what is happening in the world of advanced 3D printing. Here’s a look at tomorrow’s agenda:

You can join the event by clicking here starting at 9am Central time. Here are some of the advanced sessions you can join tomorrow for free:

  • Introduction by Mahmood Lahroodi-CVTC
  • Reviewing NSF-DREAM Website by Hans Mikelson-CVTC
  • Advancements in Metal 3D Printers by Terry Cambron-Desktop Metal
  • From Powder to Performance by Dr. Pradeep Bhattad-Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset in AM by Rick and Sarah Heuer – Heuer Studios
  • Metal 3D Printer by Ryan Prigge-Productivity
  • Reverse Engineering using Additive Manufacturing  by Joe Vydrzal

The symposium comes via the NSF-funded Developing Resources for Enhancing Additive Manufacturing (DREAM) project (#1902501). The project has two major goals:

  1. Prepare technicians for manufacturing and engineering through applied education of additive manufacturing processes and concepts.
  2. Increase the capacity of rural secondary teachers to provide instruction in additive manufacturing.

MatEdU News also will share some other project information on its sister site, AM News, under the TEAMM project. We have an upcoming post that goes deeper on the technician education aspects, including details on the five additive manufacturing modules that support the Manufacturing Engineering Technologist and Mechanical Design associate degree programs at Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC).

The modules cross over our work here in Materials Science and Education as well as more advanced topics in training technicians, such as, metal additive manufacturing, design principles, and quality assurance for digital manufacturing. The CVTC facility is also home to a new Fab Lab with a range of 3D printers (including thermoplastic, stereolithography, composite material, and metal 3D printers) and a 3D laser scanner.

You also can view their first symposium (August 2020) on Additive Manufacturing on YouTube.

The session that dives deeper into materials science is from Dr. Pradeep Bhattad, business development manager of ZEISS Additive Manufacturing Process and Control at ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions. He also is collaborating with Oak Ridge National Lab’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and will be sharing about the quality aspect of 3D printed parts (hint: That means materials). A recent article, Producing Additively Manufactured Parts, in Quality Magazine gives a glimpse into his talk on powder-based 3D printing.

Materials Education (MatEdU) Improves And Expands As Online Resource Center

Screenshot of Materials Education homepage

Hey, we’re back. Actually, we never left, but (MatEdU) is now a National Science Foundation-funded project. We recently received a new NSF grant award to continue our work for another three years with a similar, but enhanced charter.


MatEdU is and has been focused on building a national repository, a resource center for materials technology education that creates and compiles instructional resources for the Materials Science (MatSci) community. For those of you who have used our site, you have downloaded and used our wide variety of instructional materials including labs, hands-on demonstrations, modules and papers, which are then integrated into a variety of courses, classroom settings, and even in industry. Through peer reviewed and classroom tested efforts, the MatEdU collection continued to improve and grow.


The world of materials science continues to radically influence how we develop technology solutions, across almost every aspect of the material world. We are each witnessing these breakthroughs in new nanoscale, biological, smart, and composite materials. 


Serving Materials Science Technicians & Workers


The long-term goal of the project is to ensure that materials technology education meets industry standards and produces technicians who are well prepared for work across different manufacturing sectors. To achieve this goal, the project will develop and share online resources to support the materials technological education of students and incumbent workers.


For this new project, MatEdU will continue to improve and expand national access to an online collection of high-quality instructional resources including competency-based modules, presentations, labs, and demonstrations; to implement dissemination strategies that promote increased awareness of online resources, support partnerships, and expand strategic opportunities for the materials science education community; and to leverage the expertise of collaborating national partners to achieve strategic scalability of instructional resources. 


During this project, technician skill gaps will be identified, instructional modules that address the skill gaps will be developed, and a handbook on materials technology education will be  expanded through a joint effort of network members. The project evaluation will provide insights on how the instructional resources impact materials science education. 


MatEdU News launches


In addition, as we have done with our sister project, TEAMM, where we created the AM News page to capture and promote the work of national partners and allies, MatEdU is launching the Materials “MatEdU News” page to do some of the same specifically within materials science and education. Please share MatEdU News with your colleagues and students or any professional who has a deep interest in materials. Stay tuned for more updates and news. 


This project is funded by the NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, DUE #2000347, that focuses on the education of technicians for the advanced-technology fields that drive the nation’s economy.