[rp-ml] Wohlers Report 2009-College and University Education and Research

From: Ismail Fidan <IFidan_at_tntech.edu>
Date: Fri Jan 09 2009 - 16:41:33 EET

Good Morning:

I am working with Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates to include an important section in Wohlers Report 2009, a worldwide study on the developments and trends in additive fabrication (AF). The section, titled College and University Education and Research, provides a summary of activities from institutions around the world. I am seeking input from educational and research institutions that are involved with AF.

Please submit a brief (60-80 word) summary outlining your primary research or educational focus and any noteworthy or recent advancements, announcements, or breakthroughs at your institution. The comments should be related to AF. The following are two example summaries from Wohlers Report 2008.

Milwaukee School of Engineering: The institution’s consortium celebrated its 16th year in 2007 with its 65 member companies. Educational and research activities at the Rapid Prototyping Center continue to grow with hundreds of students gaining experience with the center’s 11 additive machines. Areas of research include design optimization and hybrid fabrication for applications ranging from orthotics to fluid power; modeling and production of complex protein structures for research and education; and an NSF-funded program called Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), which has involved 110 students in multidisciplinary subjects related to AF (1996–2007). Exploratory research continues in the areas of biomedicine, architecture, metal casting, and composites. Contact: Vito Gervasi, gervasi@msoe.edu

University at Buffalo (SUNY/Buffalo): The university focuses on heterogeneous object modeling and enabling methods for AF processes and design and fabrication of multimaterial and controlled structures for tissue engineering. The AF center includes an FDM machine, an in-house built multi-nozzle biopolymer deposition machine, and microfluidic molding. Contact: Bahattin Koc, bkoc@buffalo.edu

Would you please provide a summary on your institution's work by February 15. I would appreciate it very much. Let me know if anything is unclear.

Best regards,

Ismail Fidan, PhD
Director, NSF RRPL Laboratory
Tennessee Tech University
920 N. Peachtree Avenue
Cookeville, TN 38505
Received on Fri Jan 09 16:44:11 2009

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