Institute of Materials Processing

Services

Researchers using the extrusion press.

Research

IMP provides, maintains, and encourages partnerships for the use of facilities supporting synthesis, processing, and the manufacture of a wide range of engineering materials and product prototypes. IMP-maintained capabilities include several melt processing variants, various deformation-processing strategies, particulate (powder)-based methods, and emerging capabilities in metal-based additive manufacturing.


Instruction activities showing an AME poster.

Instruction

IMP provides learning facilities for:

3D Printing

This facility is utilized by Advanced Metalworks Enterprise (AME).

Deformation Processing

This facility is utilized by AME and the following courses.

MSE 2110 - Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering II

Course is designed to address core competencies in the materials discipline. Materials processing methods are used as a vehicle to master concepts such as crystallography, imperfections, phase diagrams, microstructure, and development of mathematical skills and introduction to computational tools.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-3)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Pre-Requisite(s): (MY 2100 or MSE 2100) and (ENG 1100 or ENG 1101)

MET 3500 - Manufacturing Processes

Focuses on practical aspects of design and manufacturing. Covers fundamentals of manufacturing processes and includes a weekly lab to provide hands-on experience with manufacturing issues that influence component design.
Credits: 4.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-2)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Pre-Requisite(s): (MET 1020 or ENG 1102) and (MET 1540 or MY 2100 or MSE 2100)

Metal Casting

This facility is utilized by AME, Finlandia University Sculpture, and the following courses.

MSE 4310 - Principles of Metal Casting

Principles of metal casting, including melting practice, casting design, mold design, heat transfer and solidification, fluid flow and gating design. Introduction to computer simulation techniques for mold filling, solidification, and development of residual stress. Structure-property relations in cast metals. Recycling and environmental issues of the cast metals industry.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-3)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
Pre-Requisite(s): MY 2100 or MSE 2100

MEEM 3600 - Introduction to Manufacturing

This course introduces manufacturing processes, including deformation, subtractive, additive, and molding processes. Students learn how things are made in both low and high production environments. It includes design for manufacturing considerations.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-2)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following College(s): School of Technology, College of Engineering
Pre-Requisite(s): MEEM 2150 and (MY 2100 or MSE 2100)

MET 3500 - Manufacturing Processes

Focuses on practical aspects of design and manufacturing. Covers fundamentals of manufacturing processes and includes a weekly lab to provide hands-on experience with manufacturing issues that influence component design.
Credits: 4.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-2)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Pre-Requisite(s): (MET 1020 or ENG 1102) and (MET 1540 or MY 2100 or MSE 2100)

FA 3335 - Traditional Sculpture Studio

Introduction to traditional ways of making sculpture around the world. Students develop studio skills while studying creative traditions from varied cultures. Hands-on studio work, lectures, discussions. Class takes place in Rozsa gallery; includes student exhibit at end of semester.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-4)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025)

Pattern Making

MSE 4310 - Principles of Metal Casting

Principles of metal casting, including melting practice, casting design, mold design, heat transfer and solidification, fluid flow and gating design. Introduction to computer simulation techniques for mold filling, solidification, and development of residual stress. Structure-property relations in cast metals. Recycling and environmental issues of the cast metals industry.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-3)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
Pre-Requisite(s): MY 2100 or MSE 2100


Outreach activity showing people blacksmithing out in the parking lot.

Outreach

The Summer Youth Programs division of the Center for Pre-College Outreach at Michigan Tech offers scholarship programs in engineering, transportation, and computer science. IMP provides facilities for investigations into materials engineering.

Several groups use the metal casting facilities:

  • Engineering Scholars Program (ESP)
  • Women in Engineering (WIE)
  • Junior Women in Engineering (JWIE)

Creative project showing bulldog sculpture.

Entrepreneurship and Creativity

MakerMSE™ provides a path for students to propose, design, and create products for sale, commission, or to simply establish a capability or methodology for future use.

Examples include:

  • Retro Michigan Tech bookends (cast)
  • UP bottle openers (extruded)
  • Etched bird-strike-resistant glass (laser etching)
  • Departmental and University plaques (cast)
  • Name plates (cast)
  • Hancock “Hey Bulldog” (segmented casting)