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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.

Research

Thrust Areas

e.g., composite panel prepped for lay-up (left) and micro-CT of embedded microvascular feature following evacuation (right)

e.g., composite panel prepped for lay-up (left) and micro-CT of embedded microvascular feature following evacuation (right).

Thrust 1

Thrust 1: Understanding the synthesis, properties, and processing of heterogeneous materials for integration into complex, additively manufactured products.

Multi-physics, multiscale modeling; rheological characterization (non-isothermal, non-Newtonian); filament swelling, flow, and drag; welding/diffusion mechanics; and prediction of final part properties

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

Thrust 2: Developing fundamental material modeling to optimize the process and predict the properties of products and parts.

extrusion of FDM filament from user-selected materials

e.g., extrusion of FDM filament from user-selected materials.

Thrust 3

Thrust 3: Establishing rational design rules that can integrate different materials into one or multiple printing methods.

Thrust 4

Thrust 4: Creation of new material feedstocks.

Researchers

University of Massachusetts Lowell