Additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies are globally recognized as novel fabrication processes for advanced materials and components with multifunctional structures. These technologies offer tremendous potential for design innovations and customization, complex part fabrication, rapid prototyping, and distributed digital manufacturing. Through processing, three-dimensional models are designed and created according to theoretical concepts using computer software, and two-dimensional cross sections are created by slicing operations automatically. In lithographic processing, high-resolution beams are scanned on a spread of ceramic/metal powder beds with or without resin binders to form solid planes of two-dimensional cross sections. In deposition processes, paste materials with ceramic/metal particles dispersed in binder systems are fused from nozzles moving freely in three dimensions to create composite structures. In printing processes, binder materials are sprayed from fine nozzle holes to join ceramic/metal powders using practical precision equipment. Various functional components of dielectric lattices to control electromagnetic waves, bio-materials components for medical applications, and ceramics electrode with large surface area could also be developed. Large scale structural components for aerospace and other high temperature applications can be fabricated with internal cooling path networks formed without casting molds. Thanks to additive manufacturing, it is now possible to design for function and not for manufacturing; nonetheless, each technique needs special design adjustments to boost products’ efficiency.

This symposium focuses on superiority of design, efficient processing, and perspicuous evaluations in additive manufacturing and 3D printing processes. In addition, various topics related to starting materials, characterization tools, NDE and in-situ monitoring of processes, qualification and certification, cost, and applications will also be discussed.

Proposed sessions

  • Laminated object manufacturing/green tape stacking
  • Selective laser melting/sintering (SLM/SLS)
  • Fused filament fabrication (FFF)
  • Binder jetting and powder bed fusion processes
  • Vat photopolymerization/stereolithography
  • Direct writing and ink-jet printing technologies
  • Multi-material and hybrid printing techniques
  • Materials and process characterization tools
  • Qualification, certification, standards, and property database
  • Design with/for additive manufacturing
  • Applications of AM materials and components


  • Soshu Kirihara, Osaka University, Japan,
  • Mrityunjay Singh, Ohio Aerospace Institute, USA,
  • Michael Halbig, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA,
  • Hui-Suk Yun, KIMS, Korea
  • Martin Schwentenwein, Lithoz GmbH, Austria
  • Alberto Ortona, SUPSI, Switzerland
  • Giorgia Franchin, Università di Padova, Italy
  • Tyrone Jones, Army Research Laboratory, USA
  • Arnaldo Moreno Berto, ITC, Spain
  • Zhangwei Chen, Shenzhen University, China