At Carnegie Mellon, we are defining the future of advanced manufacturing research. Our researchers are developing technologies for implantable medical devices, automotive racing applications using metal additive manufacturing, and lithographic processes for M/NEMS sensors. Keep reading to learn more.
Our leadership in additive manufacturing (AM) research includes analysis, modeling, experimentation, qualification, and device development and characterization.
Expertise extends to process mapping, geometic and mechanical characterization, optimized assembly, control systems, role of powder properties in metal AM, and finishing processes and systems for AM fabricated parts.
Researchers are using new techniques to 3D print ceramics, lithium-ion battery electrodes, and devices for aerospace and biomedical industries.
Researchers investigate a diverse range of advanced manufacturing processes and associated equipment to create micro- and nano-scale components and devices.
Expertise includes micromachining and micromilling, nano-molding of polymers, soft-lithography, semiconductor and data storage manufacturing, and micro-scale finishing processes.
Exciting new approaches include DNA origami (bottom up manufacturing) to enable nanomanufacturing and nanomechanics of multiprotein systems as well as exploring microstructures for biomimetic sensors and actuators (top down manufacturing).
Developing new materials for thermal management—like polymer nanofibers and supersolder—will transform thermal management in electronic devices.
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Medical device manufacturing
Our researchers focus on developing and analyzing manufacturing processes for bioinert and dissolvable materials.
Areas include: fabricating implantable medical devices like neural probes, brain-machine interfaces, and transdermal microneedles; manufacturing surgical training equipment; fabricating skin tissue scaffolds and robotic skin; manufacturing electronic tattoos for health monitoring; and developing biological polymers, tissues, and proteins for organic robots.
Manufacturing Futures Institute
The faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are exploring collaborations across disciplines through Carnegie Mellon University's Manufacturing Futures Institute (MFI). This initiative is leading the digital transformation of manufacturing to accelerate innovation for economic prosperity.
Polymers, printing, and pathways
A novel approach to 3D printing using a support bath can greatly expand the types of polymers that can be printed, enable chemical reactions of the printed materials to gain novel material properties, and increase the mechanical strength and reduce the print time of mechanical parts through design optimization.