Additive manufacturing (AM), often called “3D printing”, refers to manufacturing processes that employ a “layer-by-layer” approach to synthesize a three-dimensional object. Due to its rapid low-volume production speed, but material restriction and inferior strength characteristics, AM methods have typically been relegated to geometric modeling and rapid prototyping of parts. However, recent consumer interest in low-cost AM machines, and the development of novel AM methods employing high strength alloys and composites, has motivated research into improving the strength of manufactured parts to for use-cases outside of rapid prototyping.
Projects and Areas of Study
- Design rules for additive manufacturing
- Additively-manufactured material characterization
- Nano-material impregnation (nano-composites)