e.g., composite panel prepped for lay-up (left) and micro-CT of embedded microvascular feature following evacuation (right).
Thrust 1: Understanding the synthesis, properties, and processing of heterogeneous materials for integration into complex, additively manufactured products.
For example: multi-physics, multiscale modeling; rheological characterization (non-isothermal, non-Newtonian); filament swelling, flow, and drag; welding/diffusion mechanics; and prediction of final part properties.
Thrust 2: Developing fundamental material modeling to optimize the process and predict the properties of products and parts.
e.g., extrusion of FDM filament from user-selected materials.
Thrust 3: Establishing rational design rules that can integrate different materials into one or multiple printing methods.
Thrust 4: Creation of new material feedstocks.
University of Massachusetts Lowell