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On-Demand Webinar

AM Processes: Principles of Polymer AM

April 22, 2021

About the Webinar:

Introduced with the first SLA® machine, polymers continue to have a broad range of applications from design verification models to mass customization products. As processes and systems continue to evolve within AM, especially, the exponential growth of low-cost polymer-based systems, this has presented a significant challenge in identifying and selecting the appropriate material and system for the practitioner. This rapid growth has enabled the expansion of these in homes, K-12 schools and in different industrial settings. To assist the novice and expert interested in leveraging polymer AM, the different forms of raw materials will be discussed including their associated systems and mode of generation.

This webinar will introduce the different types of polymers used in AM, their mode and method of generation and associated systems, and highlight key polymer materials and case studies.

Learning Outcomes:

  • After completing this webinar the attendees will achieve the following
  • Have a basic understanding of types of polymer-based materials used in AM
  • Have a better understanding of the material form
  • A basic understanding of the AM technologies and systems producing polymer materials
  • Ability to navigate the range of materials and systems for their specific application

Who Should Attend:

Manufacturing Engineers, Research Engineers, AM Process Engineers


Sheku Kamara is the Dean of Applied Research at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and has been involved in the additive manufacturing industry since 1996.  He currently oversees the activities of MSOE’s Applied Technology CenterTM (ATC) where MSOE faculty, staff and student expertise is leveraged to solve today’s technological challenges confronting business and industry. He spent 20 years in the Rapid Prototyping Center at MSOE as operations manager and center director where he assisted over 50 companies annually in meeting their product development needs using additive manufacturing technologies. He operated several AM systems focused on polymer materials and processes, in the early stages of the technology, and helped develop several propriety processes for consortium members utilizing AM.

Sheku is a technical advisor to the rapid + tct conference organized by SME, since 2004 and is past chair of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG). In 2013, he co-managed the development of the Additive Manufacturing Body of Knowledge (AMBOK) and the Additive Manufacturing Certificate program for SME & America Makes.

Sheku holds the RTAM Master Level Certificate on additive manufacturing from SME and is a 2008 recipient of the prestigious Karl O. Werwath Engineering Research Award from MSOE. In 2010, he was named a Laser Sintering DINO (Distinguished INnovator Operator Award) from the Additive Manufacturing Users Group, for his contributions to the laser sintering technology and industry. Sheku holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from the University of Sierra Leone and a Master of Science in Engineering from MSOE.

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