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.
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. The Steidle building houses an additive manufacturing facility that allows students to opportunity to explore the technology and integrate the process into their research.
The Center for Innovative Materials Processing Through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D) offers 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 include a host of characterization techniques.
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.
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