AMRC launches new ‘Metallurgy of Additive Manufacturing’ course

November 25, 2019

November 25, 2019

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), University of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK, has announced a new course titled ‘Metallurgy of Additive Manufacturing’.

The course is said to provide an improved understanding of the specialised requirements of metals for AM and the challenges of meeting them. Knowledge gained from the course will aid understanding of which components might be suitable for Additive Manufacturing and will enhance discussions between customers and suppliers of AM products.

The course is aimed at individuals who work in engineering, production and design and who are considering manufacturing or supplying metal components made by AM including the following topics:


Additive Manufacturing Processes

  • Laser Powder Bed Fusion
  • Electron Beam Melting
  • Direct Energy Deposition – Laser (wire and powder)
  • Direct Energy Deposition – Arc/Plasma (wire)
  • Product design opportunities and limitations


Production of Metal Powders

  • Gas atomisation
  • Water atomisation
  • Plasma atomisation
  • Electrode induction melting gas atomisation
  • Centrifugal atomisation



  • Microstructure and material properties
  • Sintering
  • Hot Isostatic Pressing
  • Heat Treatment
  • Mechanical Properties vs cast / forged


Common Metal Powders

  • Alloy and Stainless steels
  • Titanium alloys
  • Nickel alloys
  • Cobalt-Chrome


Powder Characterisation and Quality Control

  • Flow rate and apparent density
  • Rheological properties
  • Angle of repose
  • Tapped density
  • Morphology (by SEM)
  • Entrapped porosity (by optical or SEM)
  • Particle size distribution – laser diffraction and sieve analysis
  • Moisture determination
  • Chemical composition


Applications and Qualifications

  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Part qualification criteria
  • Aerospace – airframe
  • Aerospace – engine
  • Automotive
  • Medical
  • Oil and gas
  • Moulds and dies

Further information and course registration details are available via the centre’s website.

November 25, 2019

In the latest issue of Metal AM magazine

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  • Volkmann: Making the case for the complete automation of powder handling in AM
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