This course will be delivered by skype if travel restrictions are in place. Please watch for updates.

Course dates

15 - 16 July 2020

There is a Welcome Reception arranged for all delegates and presenters from 19:00hrs on 14 July. 

This informal networking evening has been included to allow delegates to get to meet each other and the team of presenters, and to have a look around the facilities at Carpenter Additive. A finger buffet will be provided for attendees.

This same course is also being held at the Fraunhofer IFAM Institute in Bremen, Germany later in 2020. To register for this course please visit their website and book direct. It will be delivered in English. (NB. the course due to take place in April has been postponed)

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Course fee

£825 per delegate


Metal and Plastic Powders in the AM process:

  • Recycle and quality issues;
  • Contamination and Oxidation issues;
  • Standards for AM Powders
  • Key H&S issues

Basic introduction to handling processes:

  • Hoppers for storage and discharge; flow patterns, principles of reliable flow
  • Powder flow properties;
  • Pneumatic conveying; key components, features and operating issues;
  • Fluidisation;

Characterisation and control of powder properties

  • Powder flowability/spreadability measurements;
  • Environmental effects;
  • Density measurements and particle morphology

Basic overview of powder evolution and quality loss

Quality Considerations

  • Sampling
  • Control of flow properties;
  • Segregation in processes
  • Particle aggregation;
  • Powder electrostatics;
  • Particle degradation



The first day will provide a basic introduction to the subject, leading to in depth studies on  quality considerations on day 2. Presentations and demonstrations (where appropriate) will be used to illustrate key points.

Why should you attend?

If you work in powder-based AM processing you will find this course to be invaluable as you are guided through the critical aspects of powder handling and management. You do not need any previous formal training to attend, you just need to work in this relatively new field of processing. It will also be extremely useful if you are about to change career direction to AM processing.


Experts from the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, Carpenter Additive  and Fraunhofer IFAM Institute, Bremen have come together to provide a varied programme of presentations, demonstrations and workshops with the help of the  local KTN focussing on AM.

Prof Mike Bradley, Director of the Wolfson Centre, has worked internationally on design and troubleshooting of bulk solids handling as a commercial consultant and research expert for over thirty years.

Dr Neil Harrison, Materials Development Manager at Carpenter Additive, has over 5 years of academic and industrial experience in metal powder AM, including work on alloy design, powder behaviour and powder evolution.

Claus Aumund-Kopp,  Group Leader for AM at the Fraunhofer IFAM Institute in Bremen, has worked with metal powders for AM powder bed fusion and AM binder jetting approaches for over fifteen years.

Please note: Each of the above companies reserves the right to substitute leaders of equal quality should this be dictated by circumstances beyond their control


The course is to be held at Carpenter Additive, Cheshire, UK.


Book your place and pay by invoice

Book your place and pay by debit/credit card via the online store

The course fee covers lectures, course notes, Welcome Reception, lunch, refreshments and an evening meal on the first evening of the course.

All applicants will be acknowledged and confirmed. See here for discounts available and cancellation charges.

Note: It's important to make sure that there is time available to deal the delegates' specific issues. As a result, numbers are strictly limited and we recommend early registration.

In Company course

If you are interested in holding this course at your premises, please contact us for details.