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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.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the SHAP3D Center is to perform pre-competitive research providing the fundamental knowledge for additively printed heterogeneous products that integrate multiple engineering materials with complex 3D structures and diverse functionality.

The mission of the SHAP3D Center is to perform pre-competitive research providing the fundamental knowledge for additively printed heterogeneous products that integrate multiple engineering materials with complex 3D structures and diverse functionality. SHAP3D will develop the critical and necessary insight into the fundamental structure-processing-property relationships to predict and control the integration of diverse materials for 3D printing with a focus on polymer materials. The vision is to provide industrial participants with new, validated materials with tunable properties and superior functionality for integration in real-world, heterogeneous designs.