Additive manufacturing holds great promise for the future as a tool-less, light-out manufacturing technology, and offers significant benefit over conventional manufacturing processes in producing one-of-a-kind parts or small batches, especially for those with geometric and/or material complexities. The Innovative Additive Manufacturing (IAM) Laboratory conducts research to develop novel additive manufacturing processes and also on the optimization and innovative applications of these and other additive manufacturing processes.
Recently, we have been developing a novel ceramic additive manufacturing process, called Ceramic On-Demand Extrusion (CODE), and its fabrication of 3D parts from ceramics, glasses, and ceramic composites (including functionally gradient materials). Our research group are also investigating methods to optimize the Selective Laser Melting, Selective Laser Sintering, and Fused Deposition Modeling processes. Finally we are developing novel applications of the various additive manufacturing processes for the aerospace, defense, energy, electronics, biomedical and other industries. Information is available from the IAM lab website on each of the currently active research projects.