Defining the future of advanced manufacturing research
The NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon University is one of the world’s leading research centers for additive manufacturing (AM), commonly known as 3-D printing. The center leverages knowledge from across disciplines to develop new ways of thinking about AM: design optimization, materials selection and characterization, process parameter mapping, software development, final part inspection, and qualification. The center is developing broad-based tools for AM which impact a wide range of other advanced manufacturing processes. Making use of the innovative facilities of the new MakerWing of Hamerschlag Hall, the NextManufacturing Center will also educate and train the next generation of AM experts through creative, hands-on problem solving.
Innovating metals additive manufacturing
It is important to not only research current AM processes, but to look ahead to where additive processing will be in the future. In roughly five years, the NextManufacturing Center expects metals AM users to be able to:
- Design the process as they design the geometry of the part
- Monitor and control the AM process
- Vary material microstructure and properties within a single AM part
- Use a wide variety of metal powders
- Eliminate or design for internal porosity
NextManufacturing research will help enable these advances, which will significantly increase build rate and reduce cost, improve properties such as fatigue resistance, allow for customization of the entire process, and, ultimately, increase the widespread adoption of AM. The NextManufacturing Center is developing an entirely new approach to metals AM—compiling data from all parts of the process to create a fully integrated understanding. This approach will optimize part geometries, material properties, cost, and design.
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