Acquisition of a Laser Rapid Manufacturing System, Beam: Broadening Education through Advanced Manufacturing at the University of the District of Columbia
Technical Report,01 Sep 2016,31 Aug 2017
The University of the District of Columbia Washington
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University of the District of Columbia UDC, the nations only urban land grant institution and a historically black college and university HBCU, aims to infuse additive manufacturing to enhance both the research and education infrastructure. Currently, none of the 100 HBCUs nationwide have the metal-based additive manufacturing equipment for both research and education purposes. The major goal of this DoD HBCUMI Instrumentation Grant Award titled Acquisition of a Laser Rapid Manufacturing System, BEAM Broadening Education through Advanced Manufacturing at UDC, is to acquire a Laser Rapid Manufacturing LRM System through this grant support. This system along with other on-going educational and research activities at UDC can allow UDC to establish itself as 1 a lead HBCU institution in advanced manufacturing research and education and 2 a collaborator for novel research and educational development between aerospace, defense, energy, and medical sectors. Specifically, the proposed equipment will allow UDC faculty researchers to perform the following research goals 1. Investigate the deposition, cladding, hardening and machining mechanisms for various materials, including, steel- and titanium-based alloys 2. Investigate and validate the methodology of surface finishing of electropolishing for 3D printed metal components 3. Investigate the in-process monitoring and control schemes for the optimum quality in laser cladding, laser deposition, laser hardening and surface engineering.
- Lasers and Masers
- Fabrication Metallurgy
- Printing and Graphic Arts