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. In this approach, 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 direct writing processes, paste materials with ceramic/metal particles dispersed in binder system are fused from nozzles moving freely in three dimensions to create composite structures.

In laser-based approaches, high-resolution laser beams are scanned on a spread ceramic powder bed with or without resin binders to form solid planes of two-dimensional cross sections. Various functional components of dielectric lattices to control electromagnetic waves, biomaterials components for medical applications, and ceramics electrode with large surface area could be developed as well. Large scale structural components for aerospace and other high temperature applications can be fabricated with internal cooling path networks formed without casting molds. Using smart additive manufacturing, it is possible to design for function and not for manufacturing. However, each technique needs special design adjustments to boost products’ efficiency and multifunctionality.

This symposium focuses on superiority of design, efficient processing, and perspicuous evaluations in the 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 also will be discussed.

Proposed Session Topics

  • Direct Ink Writing (DIW) NIST Discussion Panel – Invited Only
  • Laminated object manufacturing/green tape stacking
  • Powder bed fusion/selective laser melting and sintering
  • Material extrusion/fused deposition modeling
  • Binder jetting processes
  • Vat photopolymerization/stereolithography
  • Direct writing and ink jet printing technologies
  • Multimaterial and hybrid printing techniques
  • Design with/for additive manufacturing
  • Materials and process characterization tools
  • Qualification, certification, standards, and property database
  • Applications of AM materials and components


  • Soshu Kirihara, Osaka University, Japan,
  • Mrityunjay Singh, Ohio Aerospace Institute, USA,
  • Michael Halbig, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA,
  • Andrew Allan, NIST, USA
  • Arnaldo Moreno Berto, ITC, Spain
  • Zhangwei Chen, Shenzhen University, China
  • Giorgia Franchin, Università di Padova, Italy
  • Cho-Pei Jiang, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan
  • Hui-Suk Yun, KIMS, Korea
  • Majid Minary, Arizona State University, USA
  • Alberto Ortona, SUPSI, Switzerland
  • Tobias A. Schaedler, HRL Laboratories LLC, USA
  • Martin Schwentenwein, Lithoz GmbH, Austria