University to research new ways to increase output of 3-D printing technology

Researchers for Carnegie Mellon University will be working with the experts in the manufacturing industry to develop new methods to help improve the volume of 3-D technology, according to a statement released by CMU. This type of technology fabricates metal components of manufacturing machinery, which helps with production.

The research will be funded by a $1.9 million grant from America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown, Ohio. The research team led by CMU Mechanical Engineering Professor Jack Beuth will be looking for ways to improve the production of the powder-bed additive manufacturing processes, otherwise known as 3-D printing. This type of technology is an integral part to the industry as it allows manufacturers to build complex components for machines. The technology also assists in stopping the fabrication of these components and decreases the cost of products. Beuth said the research will till to find quicker ways to get this process done.

"At this time, high-quality results are only guaranteed if powders from the additive manufacturing machine manufacturers are used," Beuth said. "For those processes to become high volume manufacturing processes, a wider range of powder options is needed."

Beuth's team will be comprised of 12 experts from a wide range of fields. Some of these fields include experts from the power manufacturing, aerospace, medical devices and electronics industries. Gary Fedder, director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems for CMU, said this research will help create a bond among those in the manufacturing industry.

"We are looking to continue our dynamic partnerships with all participants as we seek ways to improve U.S. manufacturing," Fedder said.

Manufacturers who use 3-D technology  and who are looking for experienced workers to help meet the demands of the market can enlist the services of manufacturing recruiters.