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Interdisciplinary Professional Programs

Utilizing 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing) in Your Organization See upcoming dates

Course Overview

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, can be intimidating to approach. The intention of this course is to provide a practical introduction to the various technologies and workflows utilized in this rapidly growing field. 

After this course, we expect that attendees should be able to:

  • Communicate the value of additive manufacturing to their parent organization, vendors, and customers.
  • Provide a use case and potential ROI for using additive manufacturing technologies
  • Create simple designs and successfully print using Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) techniques

Who Should Attend?

Anyone in manufacturing or technology roles, including:
  • Plant maintenance personnel responsible for part replacement
  • Engineers designing new machines or prototypes
  • R&D personnel using custom equipment and materials for evaluation
Company leadership looking for a better understanding of how additive manufacturing can help their organization

Course Outline

Through a combination of visual aids and hands-on experience, attendees will learn several topics, including:

  • Types of 3D printing technologies
  • Materials used in 3D printing
  • Applications of 3D printing
  • Workflow approaches for 3D printing
  • Identify common design and troubleshooting techniques


Kristoffer Stokes

Dr. Stokes has developed award winning products and generated commercialized IP in markets ranging from batteries, oil and gas field chemicals, textiles, apparel, composites, and consumer goods. Focusing on textile and plastics consulting, his ideas and advice have helped generate significant new inventions across markets and disciplines.

He has held positions including Global Director of Product Development at Bemis Associates, R&D Manager at Cabot Corporation and Technical Manager of Emerging Technologies at Celgard.

Dr. Stokes holds a PhD in organic chemistry from MIT, as well as BS and MS degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.

He is an inventor with 29 patents and has authored and co-authored numerous articles. 

He is a member of the Polymer Engineering UW-Madison Industrial Advisory Board and teaches in the Polymer Engineering master’s program.

Nicole Zacharia

Dr. Zacharia has a background in materials science, with both a bachelor's degree and a PhD in the subject from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her student days were followed by postdoctoral studies at the University of Toronto, time as an assistant professor in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University, and most recently before joining UW-Madison, time at the University of Akron as an assistant then associate professor of Polymer Engineering.

In addition to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, Dr. Zacharia's interests have included research in polyelectrolyte coacervation as well as novel types of surfaces with special wettability, working on various federally and privately funded research projects. She has published over 40 papers in various international materials and chemistry journals. She has been an actively member of the American Chemical Society, including serving on the executive editorial board for one of its journals.

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