Carnegie Mellon Engineering

Thrust Areas and Leaders

The NextManufacturing Center uses the challenges presented by additive manufacturing as a focus for research, but also as a testbed for developing tools for a broad range of complex manufacturing processes. The center is a leader in the field of additive manufacturing, uniquely exploring the technology from all angles: researching the 3-D printing of hard materials, soft materials, and the way these two types of materials interact.

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Our thrust areas include:

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Process Modeling and Process/Property Relationships: Jack Beuth

  • Integrating Melt Pool Geometry and Microstructure Control: Jack Beuth
  • Process Mapping Across Alloy Systems: Jack Beuth with Ola Harrysson (NCSU)
  • Process Mapping of Laser Powder Bed AM: Jack Beuth, Nathan Klingbeil (WSU)
  • Layerwise Qualification of Direct Metal AM: Jack Beuth, Ryan Wicker (UTEP), Tom Starr (U of L)
  • Mapping of Microstructure Control for High Temperature Deposition: Jack Beuth and Ryan Wicker (UTEP)
  • Thermal Imaging and Integrated Melt Pool Geometry and Microstructure Control: Jack Beuth, Ted Reutzel (Penn State), Nathan Klingbeil (WSU), Jim Craig (Stratonics)
  • Process Mapping of Powder Bed Processes: Jack Beuth, John Lewandowski (CWRU), Ola Harrysson (NCSU), Nathan Klingbeil (WSU), Brent Stucker (U of L)
  • Numerical Simulation of Direct Metal Laser Sintering Additive Manufacturing Processes: Shi-Chune Yao, Bryan Webler
  • Engineering Analyses of Anisotropic Properties of AM Components: Kenji Shimada
  • Characterization of Deformation Mechanisms in Additively Manufactured Ti64: Kaushik Dayal, Samantha Daly (UCSB)
  • 3D Printing Using Layered Fabric: Scott Hudson, Jennifer Mankoff
  • Modeling Device Interactions with Real World Objects: Jennifer Mankoff, Scott Hudson

AM Robotics and Automation: David Bourne

Powder and Part Properties: Tony Rollett

  • Material Recycling and 3D Printing of Aluminum: Anthony Rollett, Chris Pistorius, Jack Beuth
  • Advanced Heat Exchangers for Supercritical CO2: Anthony Rollett, Jack Beuth, Vinod Narayan (UC Davis)
  • Ti Alloy Optimization for AM Processes: Anthony Rollett with Iowa State and GaTech
  • Investigation of Effect of Defects in AM Metals on Mechanical Response: Anthony Rollett with Los Alamos Natl. Lab. and other institutions
  • High Energy X-ray Studies of Microstructures and Microstructure Evolution in Additive Manufactured Crystalline Materials: Robert Suter
  • Extracting Knowledge from 100 Years of Microstructural Images: Using Machine Vision and Machine Learning to Address the Microstructural Big Data Challenge: Liz Holm, A. Gupta
  • New Alloy Development for Additive Manufacturing: Bryan Webler, Jack Beuth and Tony Rollett
  • Porosity in Laser Powder Bed AlSi10Mg: Chris Pistorius

Technology Commercialization Modeling, Global Manufacturing, and Policy: Erica Fuchs

  • Additive Manufacturing: Policies Needed: Jaime Bonnín Roca, Parth Vaishnav, Erica R.H. FuchsM. Granger Morgan
  • The Techno-Economics of Metals Additive Manufacturing: The Case of General Electric’s Engine Bracket: Ria Laureijs, Jaime Bonnin-Roca, Jack Beuth, Erica Fuchs
  • Fostering the (Safe) Introduction of Metal Additive Manufacturing in Commercial Aviation: Jaime Bonnín Roca, Parth Vanish, Joana Mendonça, Granger Morgan, Erica Fuchs
  • Barriers to Further Introduction of AM in Technological Followers: Jaime Bonnín Roca, Parth Vanish, Erica Fuchs, Granger Morgan, Joana Mendonça.
  • Discovering Heuristics for Additive Manufacturing: Barry Dewitt, Parth Vaishnav, Jack Beuth, Erica FuchsAlex Davis

Design and Process Planning: Burak Kara

  • CAD for Additively Manufactured Personal Products: Kenji Shimada
  • Optimal Nesting for Additive Manufacturing: Kenji Shimada
  • AM Process Design Optimization: Jack Beuth and Jonathan Cagan
  • Impact of Print Direction Orientation in AM: Burak Kara, Burak Ozdoganlar
  • Computational Design of 3D Compliant Structures Using AM: Burak Kara, Stelian Coros
  • Optimal Partitioning and Assembly of Additively Manuf. Objects: Burak Kara, Burak Ozdoganlar
  • Generative Design of 3D Structures using Functional Requirements: Burak Kara
  • Topology Optimization for Fiber Reinforced AM: Burak Kara
  • System Redesign to Realize Compounding Lightweighting Benefits of Additively Manufactured Parts: Kate S. Whitefoot

Powder Spreading, Surface Properties, and Finishing: Fred Higgs

  • Powder Properties vs. Part Quality: Anthony Rollett, Jack Beuth, Fred Higgs
  • Optimization of the Spreading Process in Powder-Bed 3D Printers: Fred Higgs
  • R&D of Smart, Powder-Specific Hoppers: Fred Higgs
  • Tribology-enabled Monitoring of Powder States for Process/Spreading Control: Fred Higgs
  • Powder Flow & Spreading Characterization: Fred Higgs

Bio and Electronic Applications: Adam Feinberg

  • Manufacturing Approaches in Cancer on a Chip Pladorms: Philip LeDuc
  • Manufacturing Approaches in Vascularized Artificial Skin Constructs: Philip LeDuc
  • Manufacturing Approaches in Neural Mechanobiology: Philip LeDuc
  • 3D Printing of Heart Muscle Using Soft Hydrogels: Adam Feinberg
  • A 3D Bioprinted Model for the Study of Premalignant Disease: Adam Feinberg, Adrian Lee (University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute)
  • Wearable Pulse Oximetry & Motion Sensing with 3D Printed Soft Electronics: Adam Feinberg, Carmel Majidi
  • 3D Bioprinted Human Trachea for Pediatric Patients: Adam Feinberg, Steve Badylak (U. Pittsburgh)
  • Next-Generation Transcutenaous Bionic Interface: Lee Weiss

Innovative Component Fabrication by AM: Steve Collins