Core Facilities & Capabilities

Laser Powder Bed Fusion

The Aconity MIDI SLM System is a cutting-edge high-quality 3D laser metal-printer for the advanced fabrication of material structures for research of innovative metal alloys and metal-and-ceramic composites. This machine features a high-temperature stage, which goes up to 1200 C. Also features a high-speed camera and two pyrometers for in-situ monitoring.

Trumpf TruPrint 1000 With a build volume (cylinder) of 100 mm in diameter and a height of 100 mm, the TruPrint 1000 can be used for the generative production of small industrial single parts and series in almost any geometric shape. Even relatively complex shapes can be quickly and easily converted from the CAD design to a top-quality 3D metallic component. It also comes with in-situ monitoring.

Trumpf TruPrint 2000 With its small 55-μm laser beam diameter, the TruPrint 2000 provides a high-quality printing result that impresses with its surface quality and level of detail. It offers a build volume (cylinder) of 200 mm in diameter and a height of 200 mm. The laser has been upgraded to 500W to accommodate processing of refractive
materials. It also comes with a heated stage that goes up to 200 C. TruPrint 2000 has a powder preparation station that is completely closed so the user does not come into contact with the powder.


Directed Energy Deposition

Optomec LENS-750 The Optomec LENS-750 Laser Engineered Net Shaping System is a highly flexible 3D printer that uses metal for manufacturing processing and advanced research on alloy development. Featuring four powder hoppers, this machine can be used to make compositionally and functionally gradient materials and features a laser melt pool sensor for in-situ monitoring.

Optomec LENS CS-250 The LENS CS-250 System is the latest model to come out of Optomec Inc. Featuring four powder hoppers, this machine can be used to make compositionally and functionally gradient materials. This machine also comes with a 5-axis system that creates complex shapes and also performs repairs on existing parts. A 1KW nLight laser system can be used to print highly reflective materials like copper and its alloys.

 

The Hybrid Manufacturing AMBIT™ combines both the additive and subtractive part of manufacturing in one system. Featuring the latest patented and award-winning AMBIT™ laser-based directed energy deposition heads, you can rely on robust performance to deposit metal from 0.5 to 3mm+ (~0.02 to .12”) bead-width. Additional types of laser processing are supported by the Series 7 system leak powers for drilling, ablating and finishing metal.


Solid State Processing

MELD B8: Solid-State Processing is a solid-state process, meaning the material does not reach the melting temperature during the process. It offers a wide range of capabilities, including additive manufacturing, coating applications, component repair, metal joining, and custom metal alloy and metal matrix composite billet and part fabrication. MELD is a single-step process that does not require time-consuming, follow-on processes such as hot isostatic pressing, HIP, or sintering to improve the quality of the deposited material. 


Binder Jetting

ExOne Innovent+: A multipurpose additive tool with increased dust control and the most advanced powder dispensing on the market. Innovent+™ is designed to reliably produce functional parts in a variety of materials. It is easy to use and features state-of-the-art recoating technology, allowing for the widest range of materials to be printed while producing the most consistent and uniform print bed. Prints the widest range of standard metal injection molding, MIM, powders. Prints metal, ceramic, composite and other powder materials.


Precision Microdispensing System

nScrypt 3Dn: The 3Dn Series is a gantry-based, high-precision motion platform running nScrypt Machine Tool Software for exceptional control. For example, the user can configure the system with multiple Micro-Dispensing tool heads (gizmos) or multiple heads of different functionality, such as Material Extrusion, micro-milling, or pick and place. Other options include sintering, heating, UV curing, mapping, and machine vision. Regardless of configuration, the platform builds fine features at high speeds. The 3Dn Series complies with SMEMA standards, for in-line manufacturing.


Fused Deposition Modeling

ZORTRAX M200+, MAKERBOT METHOD X, FORMLABS FORM 3+, MARKFORGED ONYX: Our small-sized printers are used for both classroom and polymerbased research. Materials vary from ABS to PC-ISO.


Powder Processing

TEKNA TekSphero-15: Spheroidization System TekSphero-15 is a plasma treatment system uniquely designed to manufacture and process metal and ceramic powder, which enables the design and prototyping of new materials for additive manufacturing. This unit is equipped with a spheroidization reactor and a nanoreactor to produce a powder with a particle-sized distribution from nano to micro scales. The lab-scale design of this unit allows for rapid turnarounds of experimental and computational materials design.