A SEM image depicting a 3-D printed self-propelled micropropeller. These micropropellers are 7 µm from tip-to-tip and swim auton

Additive Manufacturing

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 Manufactured Propeller by Graduate Student Remi Baker

A SEM image depicting a 3-D printed self-propelled micropropeller. These micropropellers are 7 µm from tip-to-tip and swim autonomously by converting hydrogen peroxide into motion with a platinum catalyst. Image by: Remi Baker, Graduate Materials Science and Engineering

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.

CIMP-3D

CIMP-3D provides world-class capabilities and facilities in additive manufacturing technology for the benefit of a broad range of government and industrial sponsorship. The new Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) is installed within Building 230 at Innovation Park on the campus of Penn State. The 8,000 square-foot facility includes several additive manufacturing (AM) systems capable of full consolidation of polymeric, metallic, and ceramic material systems.

    Research Experts

James Adair James Adair
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
407 Steidle Building
(814) 863-6047
jha3@psu.edu
Allison  Beese Allison Beese
Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
327 Steidle
814 865-1523
beese@matse.psu.edu
Long-Qing  Chen Long-Qing Chen
Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering,
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
N-229 Millennium Science Complex
(814) 863-8101
lqc3@psu.edu
Zi-Kui  Liu Zi-Kui Liu
Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
326 Steidle
(814) 865-1934
liu@matse.psu.edu
Gary Messing Gary Messing
Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Science and Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
307 Steidle
(814) 865-2262
messing@matse.psu.edu
Todd Palmer Todd Palmer
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
147B Research West Building
(814) 863-8865
palmer@matse.psu.edu