Professor Eric Wooldridge with students and Curtis Cash, professor of machine tool technology.
Professor Eric Wooldridge with students and Curtis Cash, professor of machine tool technology.

Somerset Community College (SCC), based in Kentucky, USA, says that has become the first public community college in the state to cover metal additive manufacturing (AM). SCC it is also reportedly the first institution of higher education in Kentucky to offer a technician certificate in 3D printing.

According to college officials, AM is important to the state’s future economic growth as aerospace, automotive, medical, and other industries are increasingly adopting metal additive manufacturing for production applications. Aircraft and automotive parts are said to be Kentucky’s two most economically important exports. 

SCC installed the OpenAdditive PANDA laser powder bed fusion system, which includes processing parameters and powder feedstock for printing in tool steel, stainless steel, and other metals. It also features powder recycling and disposal equipment, post-processing equipment, and onsite training.

This story uses material from SCC, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.