Students from NC State’s ISE department experience a wide variety of manufacturing, production, and logistics topics. This includes:

  • Traditional and non-traditional manufacturing processes – including additive
  • Industrial automation
  • Production control and scheduling
  • Supply chain and logistics
  • Simulation
  • Work center design and analysis
  • Ergonomics


The ISE undergraduate program includes additive manufacturing in its mandatory manufacturing courses. Soon, the program will offer a dedicated additive manufacturing and logistics track.

Additive Manufacturing Courses

Course NameCourse Descriptions
ISE 216 | Product Development and Rapid PrototypingIntroduction to machines/processes/capabilities. Used for visualization and testing designs.
ISE 315 | Introduction to Computer-Aided ManufacturingPath planning demonstrated on additive machines.
ISE 316 | Manufacturing Engineering I – ProcessesEarly prototyping and evaluation of designs.
ISE 416 | Manufacturing Engineering II – AutomationManufacturing of automation project parts.
ISE 498 | Senior Design ProjectFabrication and testing of functional parts.
ISE 589 | Special Topics – Intro to Medical Device DesignDevice prototyping/production.
ISE 589 | Special Topics – BiomodelingFabrication of implants, prosthesis, surgical models, etc.

For more information about the ISE undergraduate program, contact Kanton Reynolds – Director of Undergraduate Programs. For the ISE graduate program, contact Amy Roosje – Graduate Services Coordinator.


The Laboratory for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics is affiliated with the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Graduate students in the ISE program at NCSU choose from a wide variety of manufacturing, production, and logistics topics, including traditional and non-traditional manufacturing processes (including additive), industrial automation, production control and scheduling, supply chain and logistics, simulation, work center design and analysis, ergonomics, and more.  For more information about courses and options in graduate education in ISE contact Dr. Yahya Fathi, the Director of Graduate Programs.


Advanced Manufacturing at ISE

A key problem with components fabricated with direct metal additive manufacturing methods is that the parts are near net shape. These parts must be finish machined and, this presents unique challenges especially for small batch sizes of custom parts. This video describes an NSF funded project that is aimed at addressing this issue.

Glad to the Bone

Transdermal osseointegrated implants offer many advantages for the attachment of prosthetic limbs. Additive manufacturing was used here to develop a custom Ti6Al4V implant the front limb of a canine patient.

Tabby Cat Gets New Knee

After radiation therapy to treat osteosarcoma, this feline patient required a total knee replacement. Our group, in collaboration with several industrial partners, developed a custom, cobalt-chromium total knee implant which was fabricated by EOS in Germany using their laser melting process.

Harvey’s Rotating Mesh

This is a close-up view of a non-stochastic mesh structure fabricated with electron beam melting. The video was taken using our Hirox KH-7700 Digital Microscope:

Cassidy’s Progress

This video shows Cassidy’s progress walking on his training leg a few weeks after surgery.

Pets Get Artificial Legs at NC State

Back in 2008, Mr. Franz was the first feline patient to receive a transdermal, osseointegrated implant fabricated with electron beam melting.