Residency Experiences

On-campus Residency

The Master of Engineering in Additive Manufacturing and Design requires you to complete one intensive residential experience, as part of the Metal Additive Manufacturing Laboratory course (ME 566). The laboratory course includes online and in-residence delivery and is part of the five-day residential experience held at Penn State University Park in State College, Pennsylvania.

In this interactive residency, you will work with program faculty and peers in the lab to complete a set of design, fabrication, and testing exercises related to additive manufacturing. The lab will involve fabrication of both polymer and metallic components using the 3D printers and additive manufacturing systems in CIMP-3D, characterizing and inspection components in CIMP-D3 and Penn State's Materials Characterization Lab, and machining and post-processing components in the Factory for Advanced Manufacturing Education.

The residential experience offers several advantages, including:

  • providing an in-depth, hands-on experience that relates the theory and knowledge learned in your courses to practical implementation and application of additive manufacturing in a realist environment
  • meeting your peers face-to-face for the first time after completing courses together in a virtual environment
  • giving you the opportunity to better network with your fellow classmates to learn from each other's experiences and areas of expertise

If you have access to polymer 3D printers and metal additive manufacturing systems through your company, you may be eligible to complete the laboratory portion of this course remotely, reducing your need to travel to University Park. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this option. 

Student Perspectives

Participants in the Additive Manufacturing and Design residency answer what was the best feature of the residency experience?

“The hands-on learning and touring the labs to see what machines are used and how they are used really cemented my learning experience on additive manufacturing.”
-Master of Engineering in Additive Manufacturing & Design student, class of summer 2019

“The interaction and collaboration with other additive manufacturing students!  This created lasting connections, especially with my immediate lab partners.”
-Master of Engineering in Additive Manufacturing & Design student, class of summer 2019