Course dates

13 - 17 July 2020

Each day begins at 9.30am UK time and has in-built 'coffee break' sessions for informal discussions amongst participants and presenters.

Mon 13 July: General introduction from presenters (30 mins) / Introduction to Powder Behaviour (30 mins) / Quality issues /Current approaches to measuring powder particle characteristics (90 mins)

Tuesday 14 July: PSD / recycling issues / powder moisture (120 mins)

Weds 15 July: Powder management and maintenance of quality / powder evolution (120 mins) / Review of standards (75 mins)

Thursday 16 July: Characterisation of powders (60 mins) / Tumbling test and quality considerations (60 mins)

Friday 17 July: Control of flow properties (90 mins) / review and course closure

 All 5 sessions must be attended to complete the course.

Course fee

£675 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 couple of sessions will provide a basic introduction to the subject, leading to in depth studies on  quality considerations later in the course. Presentations and demonstrations (where appropriate) will be used to illustrate key points with time for discussion built in.

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 pool their knowledge to provide a varied programme of presentations and discussions.

Richard Farnish, Senior Consultant Engineer of the Wolfson Centre, has worked internationally on design and troubleshooting of bulk solids handling as a commercial consultant and research expert for over twenty 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.

Dipl-Ing. 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 delivered via skype. A link will be sent to each delegate prior to the course.


Book your place and pay by invoice

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

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.