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Short Certificate Course

AM Process Development to Achieve Optimized Material Properties

October 30, 2022

JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa Orlando, FL United States

About the Course

Metal additive manufacturing, particularly Laser Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB), has become an indispensable part of today’s highly competitive product development and manufacturing production processes.  It offers breakthrough capabilities in enabling high performance product design and unmatched producibility, but its industrialization process has been slow.  The major holdback is inconsistency in product quality, production batch variation, and printer to printer variation.  In the PBF-LB process, material’s property and parts dimensional accuracy are all evolved during the printing process.  Although, post printing processes may improve and enhance them, the initial processing has a profound impact on defining what can be improved.  On one hand, a production level of success has been demonstrated for mission critical components on manned spaceflight, but on the other hand reaching consistent quality is still a challenge in the metal AM industries.  The critical part for implementing an AM production strategy is ensuring a consistent, robust AM process capable of delivering high quality AM hardware that is well characterized and defect free.
In this short course, an AM physical metallurgy-based approach will cover process fundamentals, impactful factors, and process controls to achieve a reliable, consistent product quality in production manufacturing environments.
Course level: Intermediate


Note: This short certificate course will take place on Sunday, October 30th, 2022 prior to ICAM 2022 and is only available to ICAM 2022 attendees. This course is not included in ICAM registration and will incur an additional fee. 

Learning Outcomes

After completion of the course, the attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the core fundamental concepts of PBF-LB process development and material performance. This course will serve as a foundation for future courses that will earn additional role-based certificates.

Who Should Attend

This course is aimed at end users, researchers, instructors, application/design engineers, people with an interest in process development, material engineers, and material scientists.


  • Instructor

    Youping Gao

    Dr. Youping Gao founded Castheon Inc, now part of ADDMAN, to advance the state-of-the-art technology in additive manufacturing and industrialization.  He is a Fellow of ASTM, a part of The Laser Institute and an additive manufacturing DINO (Distinguished Innovator Operators). Previously he was a Technical Fellow & Discipline Chief and Manufacturing Engineering at Aerojet Rocketdyne (Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Boeing Rocketdyne, Rockwell Rocketdyne) where he perfected the AM process and made it a robust manufacturing platform where it is the first in the nation to receive NASA’s production certification for AM producing mission critical hardware for a manned spaceflight.
    Dr. Gao has over 30 years of experience in industrial R&D and project management, particularly in materials and processes development, design for manufacturing, product development, and technical consulting which covers additive manufacturing, laser and electron beam material processing, high temperature and high-pressure material processing, advanced refractory alloys development, hyper sonics, and rocket propulsion.
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  • Instructor

    Shane Collins

    Shane Collins is a senior associate consultant at Wohlers Associates, powered by ASTM International. In this role, Shane is responsible for leading a best-in-class advisory services program for the additive manufacturing and advanced manufacturing industries. The services include but are not limited to custom training, standards education, support of certification needs, and beyond. He is a 20-year veteran of the additive manufacturing industry holding various positions in product management, business development, and operations for both 3D printing machine manufacturers and tier 1-part suppliers in both polymers and metals. He led several metal powder bed fusion standards and holds the position of Chair of the ASTM F42.07 on additive manufacturing Applications and was formerly for 10 years, Chair of F42.05 on Materials and Process.  Shane was presented with the ASTM Robert F. Painter Memorial Award in 2017, the ASTM Award of Merit in 2018, and has the honorary title of Fellow, the highest ASTM recognition.
    He is a co-author of publications in the powder bed fusion of 17-4 stainless steel, nickel alloy 625, and nickel alloy 718.  Shane graduated from Purdue University in 1980 with a BS in Management. Prior to joining ASTM, Shane was the V.P. of Additive Industries of North America, Inc and the General Manager of the Process and Application Development Center in Camarillo, CA.
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AM CoE by the Numbers

With decades of experience in additive manufacturing, our team of experts is integral to our work. With team members located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, the AM CoE is able to provide agile support for global initiatives.


combined in-kind, government agency, and ASTM investment
projects initiated that will address AM standardization gaps

How can I participate?

  • Support through Research and Development

    Through the AM CoE, research priorities are identified by the top minds in the field and are matched from the start to the standards that need to be generated to ensure the resulting AM technology’s success.

  • Consortium for Materials Data and Standardization

    Consortia for Materials Data & Standardization (CMDS) enables companies of all sizes from across the entire additive manufacturing ecosystem to collaborate on standardizing the best practices for materials data generation.

  • Explore On-Demand Webinars

    The webinar series provides guidance sessions on multiple and diverse topics in AM Design, Fabrication, Post-processing, Mechanical testing, Non-destructive evaluation, Applications, and Qualification and Certification.

  • Education & Workforce Development

    Comprehensive program that educates and trains the additive manufacturing workforce at all levels, while continually incorporating new advances to respond to industry needs and leverage standardization, certification, and AM CoE partner expertise.