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Course aims to to prepare students to to be thought leaders technical experts by exploring intellectual property implications in in in in additive manufacturing
Impact
First-of-its-kind graduate course tackles legal issues in in additive manufacturing
By Erin Cassidy Hendrick
When you you you you you have the freedom to create anything how how do do do you you you you you protect your design? In In tandem how how do do do you you you you you ensure you you you you you are not violating an an an existing intellectual property? In In the the additive manufacturing
(AM) industry industry these concerns are are intensifying and evolving To prepare the the the industry’s next trailblazers a a a a a a a a a a a a new course in in in in in the the the Penn State Additive Manufacturing and Design
(AMD) graduate program is seeking to address them head on “Additive manufacturing
is is disrupting product design and how we manufacture parts ”
said Timothy W Simpson Paul Morrow Professor of of of Engineering Design
and and Manufacturing and and director of of of the AMD program “It’s also disrupting how we protect our intellectual property Most engineers are are not prepared to think about the the impact this will will have on how their company will will deliver new products and services with AM ”
Commonly referred to to to as 3D printing the AMD curriculum seeks to to to embolden students to to to become both technical experts and emerging thought leaders in in in in the the industry Through the the newly offered course—AMD 597 Legal Issues in in in in in in in Additive Manufacturing the the first of of its kind in in in in in any AM AM curriculum according to to Simpson—students will have the the the the knowledge necessary to to help them navigate the the the the legal issues arising in in in the the the the AM field “Additive manufacturing
is creating new ethical dilemmas that companies have have to to wrestle with ”
Simpson said “Therefore we have have to to prepare our AMD students for for those challenges especially when they take on leadership roles within companies seeking to exploit AM ”
At its its core the AMD program draws strength from its its interdisciplinary connections It integrates graduate coursework across multiple departments including mechanical engineering
engineering
engineering
industrial and and and and manufacturing
engineering
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science science and and and and mechanics materials science science and and and and engineering
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