CCMX Winter School 2017: Additive Manufacturing in Metals and the Materials Science Behind It

29 January – 3 February 2017 – Kandersteg, Switzerland

This course is designed to cover a series of important scientific aspects related to the field of additive manufacturing of metals and alloys and to provide an in-depth review of their corresponding fundamentals. It aims to offer a skill set relevant to the participants’ research projects and future careers.


Registration is now closed. Please contact Carey Sargent if you are interested in attending the course.

Presentations by group of participants and by lecturers

Organized over one week as 8 modules, the Winter School will consist of talks by participants and lecturers in the morning (4 periods), free afternoons for recreational winter sports and networking, and, finally, talks by participants and lecturers (1 to 3 periods) before dinner in the early evenings. Friday morning is reserved for speakers from industry or for a final series of participant and lecturer talks.

Lecturers will make in-depth presentations on one of their major research contributions presented in one or several papers for 2 periods of 45 minutes. A group of two to three students will be assigned the paper(s) as well as one or two earlier papers on the lecturer’s contribution and be asked to study and to present the underlying background or fundamentals of the lecturer’s work to the class in a 45 minute slot prior to the lecturer’s talk. Groups of participants will be formed and assigned to their topics one week after registration has closed.

Who Should Attend

This course will specifically address the needs of young researchers active in the field of additive manufacturing of metals and alloys. Participants should be educated in materials science, mechanical engineering, physics, and physical metallurgy to benefit the most from this course. The course is taught in English.

Full attendance and involvement in the group assignment is mandatory for participation. This course may be validated for 2 ECTS credits in the doctoral programmes of EPFL and ETH Zurich, after acceptance by the corresponding institution. The ECTS credits will be attributed to the students who successfully deliver their group presentation.


The brochure is available here. It should be printed double sided on A4 paper and folded together to form the 8 page brochure.


Hotel Alfa Soleil, Dorfstrasse 99, 3718 Kandersteg (hotel website)

Participation Fees

  • 750 CHF for PhD students (CCMX or non-CCMX institutions)
  • 750 CHF for researchers from Swiss institutions and for CCMX industrial members
  • 2,000 CHF for industry (not involved in a CCMX project) and from non-Swiss institutions

Accommodation and all meals are included in the fees.

Registrations will be considered definitive as of Friday, 2 December. That is, any students cancelling after that date will be charged 50% of the registration fee unless they are able to find a replacement. Any students cancelling after Monday, 9 January will be charged the entire fee for the course unless they are able to find a replacement. 

Speakers and topics

Powders and Additive Manufacturing  –  Teresa Perez Prado (IMDEA, Spain)

Laser/e-beam – material interactions  – Patrik Hoffmann (Empa-EPFL)

Atomistic modelling of solidification in out-of-equilibrium conditions  – Michele Ceriotti (EPFL)

Fundamentals of rapid solidification – Michel Rappaz (EPFL)

Optimization of alloys for AM – Christian Leinenbach (Empa)

In situ experiments with Xrays and neutrons at large facilities – Helena Van Swygenhoven (PSI – EPFL)

Post-treatments, microstructure evolutions and properties – Roland Logé (EPFL) and Stéphane Godet (ULB, Belgium)

Lattice Structures Made by EBM – Guilhem Martin (INPG, France)

Industry talks

Materials aspects of additive manufacturing at GE-Alstom – Thomas Etter (GE-Alstom)

AM of precious and amorphous metals, and numerical simulations – Alexander Elsen (Heraeus Materials SA)

Numerical modelling of additive manufacturing – Laurent D’Alvise (geonX)