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.
In an I/UCRC, NSF funding and pooled member fees are used to perform pre-competitive research. University faculty and students conduct the industry-defined research projects. Industry members have access to this research to expedite commercialization of new materials, printing methods, and products.