Advanced Manufacturing

Shape. Imagine. Create.

We process a wide range of materials, view and analyze their resulting structure, and evaluate their properties and performance.

We’re collaborating with NASA and industrial partners to develop a novel composite material from carbon nanotubes to support human exploration in deep space—with additional applications in automotive and wind energy.

A group of alumni provided generous donations for the purchase of a high resolution, state-of-the-art 3D metal printer at Michigan Tech. It has opened new doors for our faculty, staff, and students. 

During materials research we often employ machine learning principles: we design the interface between composite materials in order to optimize load transfer to fiber components. 

In courses and labs, our students work through the engineering process from finite element analysis, computer-aided design, prototyping with 3D printing, and manufacturing.

  • 80%
    weight reduction with epoxy composite
  • micron
    scale nanoindentations
  • 1
    order of magnitude improvement in the physical effect responsible for isolator operation
Advanced Manufacturing showing ink samples.

3D Nano-inks Push Industry Boundaries

A new, 3D-printable polymer nanocomposite ink has incredible properties — and many applications in aerospace, medicine and electronics. Mechanical engineering researchers at Michigan Technological University have created a way to make a 3D-printable nanocomposite polymeric ink that uses carbon nanotubes (CNTs) — known for their high tensile strength and lightness. This revolutionary ink could replace epoxies — and understanding why its properties are so fantastic is a first step toward its mass use.