The overall goal of the additive manufacturing (AM) working group is to facilitate collaborative research related to AM technologies while providing opportunities for discussions/planning relevant to future research thrusts. The AM working group is interested in many types of AM-based research, including metallic systems, polymer and ceramic systems, bio-based printing, as well as systems-level research on the applicability and future potential of AM in the workforce. To achieve effective and economical production of functional components, a number of crucial technical challenges must be addressed, including:
- accurate prediction of the mechanical properties of additively-manufactured parts;
- predictive modeling of their behavior during their build and while in service; and
- control of the manufacturing process to produce functional parts with targeted properties and performance characteristics.
These barriers hinder the growth of AM and utilization of AM-products in the United States. Additionally, the extension of AM to smart materials (e.g., bimetallic systems, metallic-polymer interfaces) presents a unique opportunity for further advancements in the aerospace, defense, and biomedical industries.
Interested? Contact Matthew W. Priddy, Ph.D.