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MECH 502 - Advanced/Additive Manufacturing Engineering

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In this course you will learn the importance of additive manufacturing (a.k.a. 3D Printing) and its huge role in global product development and innovation. You will develop a rich knowledge of 3D printing technologies, devices, capabilities, materials and applications. You will learn the trade-offs between various 3D printing processes and technologies, along with the various software tools, processes and techniques enabling personal fabrication, such as 3D scanning. You will explore the broad range of 3D printing applications, including biomedical, aerospace, consumer products, and creative artistry, to mention a few. And finally, you will learn the latest trends and opportunities in 3D printing, including “personal” 3D printing, localized services, production parts, mass customization, and how to commercialize your ideas.


MECH 202 (Engineering Design II) or MECH 331 or MECH 331A; MECH 331B.

Important Information

Military personnel admitted to a College of Engineering online degree program may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Tuition discounts can only be given if you provide the appropriate discount code at the time of registration. Call (877) 491-4336 or email to learn more.

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • Additive Manufacturing Technologies, 3rd Ed. (2021)
    Ian Gibson, David Rosen, Brent Stucker, Mahyar Khorasani, Pub. Springer.

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


David A. Prawel
David A. Prawel

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Dr. David Prawel has enjoyed a four-decade carer as an entrepreneur, consultant, author, researcher and educator in 3D technology for digital product development and manufacturing. In his 30-year industrial career, he helped create several 3D technology companies, including a successful IPO. In 2007 he joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Colorado State University where he is currently co-director of the Biomaterials Research & Engineering Laboratory and founder of CSU's Idea-2-Product 3D printing laboratory. His research explores the impact of 3D shape and structure on the biological and mechanical performance of bone healing scaffolds and devices in orthopedic medicine.