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Earn a Master of Engineering in Additive Manufacturing and Design
Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a rapidly emerging trend in the manufacturing sector, redefining how everything from medical devices to aerospace structures are designed, engineered, manufactured, certified, and brought to market.
Fabricating three-dimensional parts layer by layer through additive manufacturing on a 3D printer provides engineers with unprecedented possibilities for designs and materials. In doing so, this innovative design process allows engineers to create light-weight structures, consolidate assemblies of multiple components into a single 3D printed part, and functionally grade structures using multi-material components to improve performance. This rapid prototyping ability is generating considerable interest in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, consumer goods, energy, medical, oil and gas, and space. The technology shows the potential to find new applications for virtually every material, as well as the opportunity to create new alloys and composites not previously thought possible.
Work With Faculty to Accelerate Additive Manufacturing and Design Technology
The 30-credit online Master of Engineering in Additive Manufacturing and Design is offered through Penn State World Campus in partnership with Penn State's College of Engineering and the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, along with the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. It is the first multidisciplinary graduate-level program focused on additive manufacturing and design in the country.
The primary goal of the Additive Manufacturing and Design program is to prepare you to apply foundational knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity, in your use of additive manufacturing and associated design tools and methods. You can grow as a leader in 3D printing and prototyping and help accelerate industry adoption of additive manufacturing, while striving for advancement of the technology and developing innovative solutions.
The Penn State Difference
This program combines a focused, groundbreaking curriculum with a flexible, convenient, online format, allowing you to maintain your professional commitments as you acquire a valued credential. You can learn from faculty who have experience teaching in online education environments, with a range of expertise in such fields as 3D printing, rapid prototyping, CAD/CAM, additive manufacturing, materials science, technology innovation, and leadership.
Your Engineering Course Work
The focus of the curriculum is to help engineers become well versed not only in technical engineering skills, but also in communication, ethics, entrepreneurial thinking, and professionalism. The courses can help you acquire the analytical and practical skills to digitally design, develop, analyze, numerically model, optimize, fabricate, and inspect new components and subassemblies, using additive manufacturing technologies.
You will be required to complete 2-3 short on campus residencies as part of the metal additive manufacturing laboratory course (ME 566), which will take place during the semester when you are enrolled in the course. This will allow you to gain hands-on experience in Penn State's state-of-the-art 3D printing laboratory and advanced material characterization facilities.
Who Should Apply?
The program is designed for working professionals who have a bachelor's degree in engineering or a related technical field, relevant work experience, and some experience with proficiency 3D printing software and hardware, who are looking for career development opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skill sets in additive manufacturing and design.
Note: This program is under review for GI Bill eligibility, and you may experience delays attempting to use GI Bill benefits toward this program until it has been officially approved.