Penn State researchers have released a roadmap that is designed to offer a strategy for building the fundamental knowledge necessary to accelerate the design and application of additive manufacturing materials over the next 10 years.
Timothy W. Simpson, professor of mechanical engineering, industrial engineering and engineering design and co-director of the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition at Penn State, has been named the guest speaker for 3D printing at the MAKEiT technology event Oct. 5 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
Additive manufacturing, sometimes known as 3D printing, is exactly what it sounds like. Working from a computer-generated model, a "printer" puts down layer after layer of material, adding layers until the design is realized in a finished part.
Admittedly, there's a lot of hype attached to this new technology. But there's plenty of real-world promise, too. Penn State's Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition, known as CIMP-3D, aims to be a world-class resource for that resurgence.
Gary Messing, head of materials science and engineering and distinguished professor of ceramic science and engineering, has been named a co-director of the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition.