Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date



1-11 pp.

Conference Name

2021 The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity, Virtual 24-28 January, 2021


Additive Manufacturing (AM) has become a game changer for the manufacturing industry. With growing implementation of AM in various industries, it is the responsibility of different levels of education to expose students to AM technologies and to integrate AM into their curriculum. It is well known that students who gain the skillsets of today’s industry have a better chance in getting a competitive job. In response to this need, a new senior level elective course on AM, has been developed for the first time in Old Dominion University (ODU) region in the South. The course was developed and taught by the Mechanical Engineering Technology faculty with the expertise in manufacturing processes, welding, and material science. The course was available to a wider university population of undergraduate students, from different majors ranging from the Mechanical Engineering Technology program, Industrial Technology program, Career and Technical Education teacher program, and Mechanical Engineering program students at ODU.

This course is a part of manufacturing concentration for MET students. The course curriculum includes an overview of various AM processes. It explains how AM enables the creation of complex geometries from the bottom-up, without many of the constraints of traditional manufacturing methods such as machining, molding, and casting and commonly taught machinist approach CAD modelling methodology. This paper discusses the development and implementation of AM course and provide recommendations for improving the course contents (both theory and lab). For comparison purposes, the contents of a similar course developed at a different university is also provided in this study.


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Original Publication Citation

Eisazadeh, H., & Torabizadeh, M. (2021, July), Expanding a mechanical engineering technology curriculum to include additive manufacturing [Paper presentation]. 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.