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

Lauren Zarzar
  • Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry
(814) 865-1316