MaP Distinguished Lecture Series on Additive Manufacturing

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Additive Manufacturing (AM), popularly also called 3D Printing, is a topic of global and future relevance from the field of materials and process engineering.

Initially used for rapid prototyping, the AM technology evolves towards rapid tooling, rapid manufacturing and mass customization. The versatility of this technology is highlighted in the multitude of different applications spanning from automotive, aerospace and medical to construction, fashion, food and pharmaceutical industries. AM brings benefits to research and niche markets where it is overcoming current limitations and its potential is believed to stretch far beyond as it may likely disrupt every field it touches.

At this interdisciplinary colloquium different internationally renowned speakers from academia and industry give lectures about their cutting-edge research, which highlights the state-of-the-art and frontiers in the AM field.

Additive Manufacturing Lecture Series

Tuesdays from 21 February to 30 May 2017

16.15 - 18.00

ETH Zentrum, HG E 1.1

This course is primarily designed for MSc and doctoral students. Guests are welcome as well!

VVZ Course Catalogue Entry for 327-2224-00

Date Speaker Topic
21.02.2017 Prof. Dr. Olaf Diegel
Lund University
AM: A Reality Check
28.02.2017 Prof. Dr. Paul Dalton
University of Würzburg
High Resolution Electrohydrodynamic AM Technologies
07.03.2017 Dr. Candice Majewski
University of Sheffield
Pushing the Boundaries of Polymer Sintering
14.03.2017 Prof. Dr. Patrik Hoffmann
EPFL & Empa
Physical Limits of Laser 3D Printing of Metals & Ceramics
21.03.2017 Dr. Claudio Semini
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
Towards the Next Generation of Agile Legged Robots through AM
28.03.2017 Prof. Skylar Tibbits
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Self-Assembly & Programmable Materials
04.04.2017 Prof. Dr. André R. Studart
ETH Zurich
3D Printing of Bioinspired Materials
11.04.2017 Dr. Andrea Lovera
3D Printing Platform Turning Glass into Innovative Monolithic Micro-Systems
25.04.2017 Marco Ritz
TRUMPF Maschinen AG
3D Printing Starts in Your Head
02.05.2017 Dr. Markus Müller
AM & Mass Customization in the Hearing Aid Industry
09.05.2017 Prof. Dr. Michael C. McAlpine
University of Minnesota
3D Printing Functional Materials & Devices
16.05.2017 Prof. Dr. Kristina Shea
ETH Zurich
Achieving the Full Potential of 3D & 4D Printing with Computational Design
23.05.2017 Dr. Matthias Hoebel
GE Power
Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM) for Gas Turbine Applications
30.05.2017 Axel Kruse
Sauber Motorsport AG
Rapid Prototyping in Formula 1

Course Objective

Participants become acquainted with the state-of-the-art and frontiers in Additive Manufacturing, which is a topic of global and future relevance from the field of materials and process engineering. The self-study of relevant literature and active participation in discussions following presentations by internationally renowned speaker stimulate critical thinking and allow participants to deliberately discuss challenges and opportunities with leading academics and industrial experts and to exchange ideas within an interdisciplinary community.

Lecture Notes

Selected scientific pre-read literature (max. three articles per lecture) relevant for and discussed during each individual lecture is posted in advance on the course web page.




After its inauguration in FS 2016, this semester course is held for the second time in FS 2017.

Target Audience

This course is primarily designed for MSc and doctoral students. Interested BSc students, Postdocs, Professors and employees of ETH Zurich as well as external guests are welcome too!

Performance Assessment

Ungraded semester performance: To obtain 1 ECTS, students must attend min. 80% of the lectures on the program and participate actively in the discussions. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

Organised by

Prof. André R. Studart, Prof. Mirko Meboldt & Larissa Schefer ()

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MaP AM Lecture Series 2016

MaP AM Lecture FS 2016
Date Speaker Topic
Prof. Gideon N. Levy
“The Big Picture” of AM - on the Way to Industrial Acceptance, Paradigm Changes & Great Challenges
01.03.2016 Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Müller
Fraunhofer IWU
3D Printing for Industrial Applications - how Metal AM Can Help the Industry to Add Value to Their Products
08.03.2016 Dr. Manfred Schmid
ETH - inspire AG Innovation Center for AM Switzerland
Material Challenges for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
15.03.2016 Dr.-Ing. Dominik Rietzel
BMW Group
AM - Potential for the Automotive Industry beyond the Hype for 3D Printing
22.03.2016 Dr.-Ing. Olaf Rehme
Siemens AG
Economical & Technological Opportunities for Ramping Up of Industrial AM
05.04.2016 Prof. Mirko Meboldt
ETH - Product Development Group Zurich
Enabling AM Series Products & Parts
12.04.2016 Prof. Richard Hague
University of Nottingham
Processes, Materials & Computational Methods for Multifunctional AM
19.04.2016 Dr. Tommaso Ghidini
European Space Agency (ESA)
AM for Space Applications - the European Space Agency Perspective
26.04.2016 Prof. Clemens Holzer
University of Leoben - Chair of Polymer Processing
AM of Polymer-Implants
03.05.2016 Dr. Lorenz Bonderer
Ivoclar Vivadent AG
AM for Dental Applications
10.05.2016 Prof. Fabio Gramazio
ETH - Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication
Digital Materiality
17.05.2016 Prof. Hod Lipson
Columbia University - Mechanical Engineering Department
AM: The next 25 years
24.05.2016 Dipl.-Phys. Martin Hermatschweiler
Nanoscribe GmbH
3D Printing on the Micrometer Scale for Science and Applications
31.05.2016 Prof. Jürgen Groll
University of Würzburg - Functional Materials in Medicine & Dentistry
Tailoring Hydrogels as Bioinks for Biofabrication
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