In conjunction with the inaugural National Maker Faire and the White House Week of Making kicking in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Mellon University experts have projected the top 10 things in 3-D metal printing.
"At Carnegie Mellon, we have many faculty working to improve 3-D printing of metals, from powder properties and manufacturing outcomes to cost and public policy issues," said Jack Beuth, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon. "Much of this learning is being applied to jet engine parts but the technology is already beginning to trickle down to a wide variety of custom metal components and replacement parts."
Beuth's research focuses on mapping outcomes of various 3-D printing processes, also known as additive manufacturing, to ultimately make the process faster and cheaper when applied to metals. This past semester, Beuth taught the course Additive Manufacturing for Engineers, integrating business, design and engineering aspects of product development while introducing undergraduate students to all types of 3-D printing.
Zachary Francis, the course's teaching assistant, has been selected to showcase the products developed and printed during Beuth's additive manufacturing course at the inaugural National Maker Faire in Washington.
"The course teaches students about a technology which is becoming increasingly more important in industry," said Francis, a second-year Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering Department. "It gives students experience in the new and evolving field of 3-D printing and allows them to create new designs with the needs and desires of customers in mind."
Source: Carnegie Melon University
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