Introduction to Additive Manufacturing: Impact on Sustainability

LUT University

Additively manufactured stainless steel unit for precious and rare earth metal separation and recovery from industrial and societal waste streams.INTRODUCTION

The applications for AM and its benefits in product development in chemical engineering industry and its technologies.


Additive manufacturing (AM) is developing rapidly and is leading to the new industrial solutions. Thus, companies are capable of reducing development time and manufacturing costs while increasing production, innovation, and time-to-market. It’s also possible to produce new structures and shapes while reducing the carbon footprint of the product during life cycle. After taking this course, learner will know how the additive manufacturing is suitable for chemical industry products and manufacturing of hydraulic blocks, as well as know how AM supports the sustainability of these products.


This course is for decision makers, designers, engineers, educators and business professionals who wish to expand their knowledge about
applicability of additive manufacturing in chemical engineering industry. Organizations and owners of metal 3D printers will learn about
the implications and ways in which AM can benefit the production and the company.


  • 3 weeks, approximately 1.5 hours per week



  • Heidi Piili,
  • Marika Hirvimäki,
  • Anna Unt,
  • Patricia Nyamekye,

WHAT are the learning outcomes for this course?

After completing this course, the learners will be able to:

  • Understand how different industrial areas can implement AM in their processes
  • Recognize benefits and limitations of AM in chemical industry
  • Know the DfAM needs depending on of the end application
  • Evaluate industrial AM capabilities related to sustainability of electrochemical methods

WHAT subjects are covered on the course?

  • AM applications in separation, purification and hydraulic block industry
  • The requirements of these industrial fields, and how this can be realized in these areas
  • Future trends brought by use of metal AM in chemical industry
  • Sustainability requirements and how use of metal AM impacts them

WHY should learners join this course?

Traditional subtractive manufacturing methods limit the types of geometries that can be produced. Therefore, parts with simple geometries are preferred to keep costs low. Metal AM, regardless of its limitations, can produce products with much higher degree of complexity by using DfAM, a design optimization process used to maximize part functionality and reduce the cost and time of additive manufacturing. Separation and purification processes have generated interest in areas involved in various fields of industry of chemical and process engineering. Vast number of companies can greatly benefit from metal AM, for example it makes possible to produce electrodes with larger surface area or other specific characteristics. This course overviews the AM-driven innovations and their impact on sustainability in several industries.