Powder Handling and Flow for Additive Manufacturing 2022

Powder Handling and Flow for Additive Manufacturing 2022

Course dates

20 – 24 June 2022

The course will run on line over 5 sessions;  each session will start at 13:00 hrs UK time; all sessions need to be attended to complete the course.

Day 1: General introduction from presenters (30 mins) / Introduction to Powder Behaviour (30 mins) / Quality issues /Current approaches to measuring powder particle characteristics (90 mins)

Day 2: PSD / recycling issues / powder moisture (120 mins)

Day 3: Powder management and maintenance of quality / powder evolution (120 mins) / Review of standards (75 mins)

Day 4: Characterisation of powders (60 mins) / Tumbling test and quality considerations (60 mins)

Day 5: Control of flow properties (90 mins) / review and course closure

Each day provides the opportunity to discuss operational issues with the presenters and other delegates.

Course Fee

£775 per delegate. Discounts are available for group bookings and returning delegates.


Registration and payment is available via the on-line shop.

Course content

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 will be delivered via MS Teams

In Company course

If you are interested in holding this course on line, please contact us for details.

20 Jun 2022 - 24 Jun 2022

This event is hosted by

“Providing Cost-Effective Solutions to Industrial Problems”

The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology is part of the School of Engineering at The University of Greenwich at Medway, Kent, UK and has specialised in solving materials handling problems since 1973. The Centre undertakes leading edge research into a wide range of ...

The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology