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Additive Manufacturing Certificate

Undergraduate Certificate
Additive Manufacturing Certificate 480w

Solve complex design and production challenges with 3D printing. 

Additive manufacturing is a rapidly growing field, and industries across the board are seeking professionals with expertise in 3D printing. Earn the Additive Manufacturing Certificate in 12 credit hours. 

Our students have access to the state-of-the-art Additive Manufacturing Lab, enabling experimentation and innovation. Turn your ideas into tangible prototypes, products, or art.

What is Additive Manufacturing?

Additive manufacturing, often referred to as 3D printing, is a cutting-edge manufacturing process that creates three-dimensional objects by adding material layer by layer, as opposed to traditional subtractive manufacturing methods that involve cutting or shaping material from a solid block.

Classroom topics in Additive Manufacturing:

  • Engineering Graphics: Begin your 3D printing education with an introduction to additive manufacturing software like STL and Slicer. Learn how to create files that a 3D printer can recognize.

  • Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals: Gain insights into various 3D printing methods, materials, and their real-world applications.

  • Additive Manufacturing Design: Learn to create optimized 3D models, building unique designs for additive manufacturing parts.

  • Applications of Additive Manufacturing: Explore industry-specific applications through hands-on projects. Define shop processes and procedures!

Pitt State's Additive Manufacturing Lab

Our Additive Manufacturing lab houses over $170K in the latest 3D printing technology. A diverse equipment lineup allows for experimentation with a wide range of materials, expanding the lab's capabilities. Gain expertise from prototyping to end-use part production with the following:

  • Formlabs Resin Printer
  • Formlabs Fuse 1+
  • Prusa MK4
  • Ender 3
  • Anycubic Chiron
  • Stratasys F170
  • Einscan Shining 3D Scanner

How is 3D printing used in the real world?

  • Construction: Fabricate intricate architectural components, such as prefabricated walls and even entire buildings, with unprecedented speed and precision.
  • Education: Foster interactive learning, allowing students to create tangible models of complex concepts, encouraging hands-on exploration, and enhancing their understanding of abstract subjects.
  • Medical: Produce customized implants, prosthetics, and anatomical models for surgical planning, thereby improving patient care and surgical outcomes.
  • Art: Push creative boundaries, crafting intricate sculptures, jewelry, and avant-garde designs that were once impossible to achieve using traditional methods.
  • Geology: Create geological models and maps, aiding in the visualization and analysis of complex geological formations, enhancing our understanding of Earth's processes and history.

Whether you're an aspiring engineer, designer, or entrepreneur, our Additive Manufacturing Certificate Program will empower you to bring your ideas to life and be at the forefront of innovation in the world of 3D printing. 

Additional information
for the School of Automotive and Engineering Technology

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