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What’s Hot in 3D Metal Printing — Carnegie Mellon Professors Tell Us

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3d-Printing-Metals-Infographic1We recently did a story about Dr. Jack Beuth, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University who’s deeply involved in researching 3D printing with metal materials, and now Dr. Beuth has put together a “Top-10” list of sorts he calls What’s Hot in 3D Printing Out of Metal.

Creating the list was part of the inaugural National Maker Faire and the White House Week of Making which kicks off this week in Washington, DC.

To bring attention to those celebrations of 3D printing technology, a group of 3D printing experts at Carnegie Mellon compiled their list and even made an infographic to drive their points home.

“At Carnegie Mellon, we have many faculty working to improve 3D printing of metals, from powder properties and manufacturing outcomes to cost and public policy issues,” Dr. Beuth says. “Much of this learning is being applied to jet engine parts, but the technology is already beginning to trickle down to a wide variety of custom metal components and replacement parts.”

Dr. Beuth, a professor of mechanical engineering and director of the NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon, says his research is focused on mapping outcomes of various 3D printing processes to make them faster and cheaper when applied to various metals.

Dr. Beuth teaches Additive Manufacturing for Engineers, a course that integrates the business, design, and engineering aspects of product development as it introduces undergrads to 3D printing technologies and processes.

Professor Jack Beuth

Dr. Jack Beuth

According to Zachary Francis, Dr. Beuth’s teaching assistant, the course instructs students about the technology as it will become vastly more important in industry as time goes by.

Francis, a Ph.D. Candidate in mechanical engineering, will be showcasing products developed and printed during the additive manufacturing courses at CMU during the National Maker Faire.

He’s part of the team of students from Carnegie Mellon’s Integrated Innovation Institute who will make a presentation at the National Maker Faire, and those showcased projects will include portable, heated homeless shelters.

This first National Maker Faire will be held at the University of the District of Columbia this weekend and it will bring inventors, tinkerers, and makers together to share their innovations and projects.

More than 215,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires in San Francisco and New York City last year.

White House Week of Making

White House Week of Making

Do you agree with the list put together by a team of Carnegie Mellon University professors as to what’s hot in 3D metal printing? Let us know in the Metal 3D Printing forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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