Additive Manufacturing

additive manufacturing, 3d printing

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, refers to a process in which objects are produced layer by layer from a digital file or model.  The technology has the potential to find new applications for virtually every material, as well as the potential to create new alloys and composites not previously possible.  The uses for this technology and the materials it will employ have the potential to revolutionize nearly every aspect of life, and is already in use in the areas of architecture, medicine, art, fashion, consumer goods, electronics, and specialty manufacturing of all kinds.

 

Additive Manufacturing at Penn State

The Materials Science and Engineering Department at Penn State is host to a variety of 3D-printing equipment.  Renovations of Steidle building will bring a new additive manufacturing facility to the department that will allow students to explore the technology and integrate the process into their research.  

The newly created Center for Innovative Materials Processing Through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D) aims to be a world-class resource for advancing and deploying additive manufacturing (AM) technology for critical applications.  The 8,000 square-foot facility includes several additive manufacturing (AM) systems capable of full consolidation of polymeric, metallic, and ceramic material systems, as well as a state-of-the-art design studio and prototyping laboratory which includea a host of characterization techniques.

 
comparison of conventional subtractive manufacturing and additive manufacturing

Links and Resources

Center for Innovative Materials Processing Through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D)

Research Experts

James Adair
James Adair
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacology
(814) 863-6047
Allison Beese
Allison Beese
  • Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
(814) 865-1523
Long-Qing Chen
Long-Qing Chen
  • Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering,
  • Engineering Science and Mechanics, and Mathematics
(814) 863-8101
Tarasankar DebRoy
Tarasankar DebRoy
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
(814) 865-1974
Michael Hickner
  • Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering
  • Corning Faculty Fellow
  • @hicknergroup
(814) 867-1847
Libby Kupp
Libby Kupp
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Director, Advanced Materials Processing Lab
(814) 863-5540
Zi-Kui Liu
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
(814) 865-1934
Dr. Gary L. Messing
Gary Messing
  • Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Science and Engineering
(814) 865-2262
Todd Palmer
Todd Palmer
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • Director of CISP
(814) 863-8865
Douglas Wolfe
Douglas Wolfe
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Department Head, Advanced Coatings at the Applied Research Laboratory
  • Senior Scientist
(814) 865-0316

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