Our research on metal additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, centers on innovative design for multi-functionality in engineering applications, high-throughput experiments for fundamental alloy discovery, and microstructural control for qualification and certification of engineering components.
Metal additive manufacturing, at this time, lends itself to lower volume and higher cost components. Future trends and research will increase the volume and lower the cost in this rapidly growing sector. New discoveries on material properties, metamaterials, and light-weighting are within our reach.
Defect control during processing is an important safety feature for the fabrication process. Our research looks at a variety of methods to promote safety in the additive process.