additive manufacturing

New center to push boundaries of Additive Manufacturing

laser-based direct deposition system

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."

3D-Printing next-gen alloys

metal gradient

Additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, has unlocked new possibilities for unprecedented design and control of materials at the micro structural level.  While the technology is currently being explored for its potential to expand our use of polymers, ceramics, composite materials and certain metals, one graduate student in materials science and engineering at Penn State hopes to employ the technology in “printing” next generation alloys and developing techniques for bonding metals not currently possible through traditional means.