We are interested in developing and employing digital manufacturing processes for the creation of engineering materials with novel properties.

Composite Manufacturing

Our research aims at the development of advanced methods for manufacturing short fiber composite materials. In this work we have developed a rapidly reconfigurable molding system in which mold surfaces are generated by use of a robotically shaped pin surface.  Fiber material is dispersed by an automated fiber print system, which dispenses both random as well as oriented fibers. The system allows for the manufacture of near net shaped, curved composite parts with graded and locally reinforced fiber architectures. 
Collaborator: R. Cipra


3D Printing

3D printing provides an attractive approach for the creation of model materials and material structures.  Our lab has recently acquired a 3D printer (Connex 350) with the capability to print a large range of different materials, as well as to print composite materials with complex architectures. We furthermore have access to a 3D printer based on fused deposition technology.
Collaborator: K. Ramani, R. Cipra, S. Bolton, P. Zavattieri
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