Jack Beuth PhD, Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Director, NextManufacturing Center, Carnegie Mellon University
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon are experts in a wide range of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies using materials that range from biological and soft materials to metals; however, the CMU NextManufacturing Center has a particularly strong focus on the direct metal AM processes. The center currently has a consortium membership of 14 industry and government organizations who support the center and guide its research. The center is focused on performing research helping to define and enable advances in metals AM over the next 5-10 years. This presentation will outline process-related research targeted to significantly impact industry practice within 5 years. Specifically, research will be described in the areas of process design, spatial control of microstructure, process monitoring and control, and expanding the range of powders useable in powder bed AM machines. Research topics from this presentation will be covered in more depth by posters presented in the poster session later in the day.