Image:A laser-based direct deposition system, one of several housed in Penn State's Center for Innovative Metal Processing by Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D). Photo by Patrick Mansell
"You're reimagining components from the ground up," says Martukanitz, director of Penn State's Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition, known as CIMP-3D. "You can manufacture components having features and characteristics that are near impossible to do with conventional processes. And you drastically cut manufacturing time, materials -- and cost."