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Somerset Community College Adds Metal Additive Manufacturing Technology

OpenAdditive's PANDA to help educate future AM technicians!


Somerset, KY -- Somerset Community College (SCC) has become the first institution in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to add metal additive manufacturing (AM) to its impressive advanced manufacturing capabilities. SCC is a leader in workforce development and in AM/3D printing, as also the first institution of higher education in Kentucky to offer a technician certificate in 3D printing.

This field is vital to the state’s future economic growth as aerospace, automotive, medical, and other industries are increasingly adopting metal AM for production applications. Aircraft and automotive parts rank as Kentucky’s two most economically important exports.

SCC selected the OpenAdditive™ PANDA laser powder bed fusion system from Universal Technology Corporation for its training and education needs. At an affordable price point, the PANDA system offers openness in design and operation to enhance instructor and student experience in understanding the laser melting additive process.

The system was installed only a few months after order, and included processing parameters and powder feedstock for printing in tool steel, stainless steel, and other metals. Peripherals included powder recycling and disposal equipment, post-processing equipment, and onsite training, as an integrated solution for metal AM education.


Eric Wooldridge, SCC's professor and director of the Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence at Somerset Community College explains to students and Curtis Cash, SCC professor of Machine Tool Technology, how the PANDA system operates. This classroom is located on the Somerset campus.

For more information on SCC’s AM/3DP program, please visit www.Somerset.kctcs.edu/3dprinting or check out their YouTube channel, The Additive Guru, at https://www.youtube.com/user/cadscc. SCC currently offers a certificate in Additive Manufacturing/3D printing and offers additional training through the college's Workforce Solutions program. To find out more about SCC's additive manufacturing/3D printing program, contact Eric Wooldridge at eric.wooldridge@kctcs.edu or visit on Facebook. Please contact info@openadditive.com for more information on affordable and versatile laser powder bed system offerings for training and education.