Unlocking scientific possibilities through the integration of additive and traditional manufacturing techniques at multiple scales
The Composites Innovation Group transforms polymer and composite manufacturing through the development, digital integration, and demonstration of a wide spectrum of applications. The work ultimately aims to increase the energy efficiency of U.S. manufacturing through the industry adoption of improved processes. The group performs foundational research that addresses the challenges and opportunities for additive manufacturing (AM) such as surface finish and non-planar material deposition while defining polymer AM systems of the future.
The group integrates AM techniques with traditional composite manufacturing techniques to realize the benefits of controlled material deposition of AM while also achieving high part production rates typical of high-volume manufacturing. This work is performed at various scales ranging from laboratory experiments to demonstrations relevant for industry adoption. The ability to rapidly scale-up is critical for further developing and understanding the connection between advanced materials and their related manufacturing processes.