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Stock image related to 3D Printing. SHAP3D is a collaboration between the University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Connecticut, and Georgia Institute of Technology to create an National Science Foundation I/UCRC focused on 3D printing.  The Center's work will encompass many different additive printing/manufacturing methods and will enable:   Rational design and creation of new material feedstocks, Understanding the material properties, protocols, and design rules used in 3D printing, and Developing new 3D printing methods for novel materials and composites.

Memberships & Benefits

e.g., rapid manufacturing of water-soluble powder-based molds

e.g., rapid manufacturing of water-soluble powder-based molds

SHAP3D will provide industry three specific technical outcomes:

  • Higher performance materials and composites that enable diverse and lighter weight products to minimize total life cycle costs and environmental footprint.
  • More optimal and parallel processes which print products rapidly, with higher resolution, and with lower cost.
  • Integration of dissimilar materials to facilitate multi-functional components/products, broaden 3D printed applications, and increase market size.

SHAP3D also will provide industry economic benefits:

  • Sharing risk at an early stage in research is a good business strategy
  • Industry members direct the selection and execution of research topics across a broad range of researchers and facilities at multiple universities
  • Pooling money improves return on investment in new technology
  • 16:1 leveraging of membership fee
  • Only 10% overhead rate (50% or higher is typical)
  • Royalty‐free licenses to technology generated through the Center and pre-publication access to research results
  • Receive semi-annual project reports and copies of pre-publication manuscripts generated by faculty and students
  • Access to and participation in additional sources of funding
  • Access to students and graduates who are well trained in the field of additive manufacturing
  • Receive annual resume book of participating students
  • Strategic networking and synergistic cooperation opportunities with complementary and competitor companies

Note: NSF has 40+ years of experience with the IUCRC program and provides performance oversight and external independent evaluation of the Center.