The pace of innovation and progress in additive manufacturing continues steadily and assuredly, with exciting developments and opportunities.
There is new research and ongoing work at MIT in materials and alloy designs, material performance, simulation tools, machine learning algorithms, scaling up, and novel functional applications. There are also well-resourced startups driving these advances into commercial reality and providing the industry with various opportunities to leap forward and re-cast their manufacturing capabilities.
In this webinar, you will hear from MIT Professor John Hart and MIT Lincoln Labs' Dr. Bradley Duncan on their research and advanced applications. Speakers from VulcanForms and Foundation Alloy will also join to tell us how they exploit new materials and process breakthroughs as part of their vertical business models.
J.J. Laukaitis joined the Industrial Liaison Program in 2012 and is a strong believer in the amplifying power that comes from building enduring relationships between industry leaders and MIT researchers and innovators.
J.J. has over 25 years of experience in engineering, product management and commercial sales management across multiple industries including mechanical design and manufacturing, electronics, semiconductor equipment, health care IT and renewable energy.
In his work for PTC, Continuum, Teradyne, DFT Microsystems and GE, J.J. has managed programs to conceive, design and launch new products and services and has led major initiatives to transform customer information into insight for revenue growth.
Jake Guglin is the founder and CEO of Foundation Alloy. Prior to starting Foundation Alloy, Jake spent time across finance, strategy, and operations at SpaceX, Blue Origin, and startups at several stages. He holds degrees in Economics and Philosophy from Colgate University and an MBA from MIT.
Foundation Alloy takes a materials-driven approach to innovate in production-scale metal parts manufacturing. Foundation metals improve both the processing and performance of parts, solving critical supply chain issues while providing engineers superior properties to design around. The combination - higher performance parts delivered through a fast, flexible, reliable and cost-effective supply chain - adds both speed and power to engineering cycles, providing an entirely new foundation upon which companies across industries can build their future products.
John Hart is Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies, and Director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, at MIT. John’s research group at MIT, the Mechanosynthesis Group, aims to accelerate the science and technology of production via advancements in additive manufacturing, nanostructured materials, and precision machine design. In 2017 and 2018, respectively, he received the MIT Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching in Mechanical Engineering and the MIT Keenan Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education. He is a co-founder of Desktop Metal and VulcanForms, and a Board Member of Carpenter Technology Corporation.
John Hart is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies, and Director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, at MIT. John’s research group at MIT, the Mechanosynthesis Group, aims to accelerate the science and technology of production via advancements in additive manufacturing, nanostructured materials, and precision machine design. In 2017 and 2018, respectively, he received the MIT Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching in Mechanical Engineering and the MIT Keenan Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education. He is a co-founder of Desktop Metal and VulcanForms, and a Board Member of Carpenter Technology Corporation.
Dr. Bradley Duncan is a technical staff member in the Advanced Materials and Microsystems Group, where he is pursuing research in novel materials for additive manufacturing, fiber-based technologies, and microfabrication. His broader research interests also include the synthetic modification of nanomaterials and metastable chemical systems.
Recently, Duncan has focused on the development of a suite of composite materials and deposition technologies for the additive manufacturing of radio frequency devices. In this work, he generated a modular materials system in which a broad range of metal and ceramic particles can be incorporated into a 3D-printable polymer matrix. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers, primarily in the area of applied nanomaterials. He is a co-inventor on several filed patents based on this work.
Prior to joining the Laboratory, Duncan received a PhD degree in organic chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BA degree in chemistry from Saint Anselm College. As a graduate student, he conducted research on the supramolecular assembly of nanomaterials and their interaction with biological systems.
Additive manufacturing offers the unprecedented ability to design and fabricate novel devices with unique properties. For example, the geometric design freedom provided by emerging multi-material additive manufacturing techniques permits the tailoring of materials composition at the voxel level. However, the available materials set for additive manufacturing techniques are extremely limited, so this design freedom cannot be fully appreciated. MIT Lincoln Laboratory has been developing a number of additive manufacturing materials and processes to address this challenge. A family of nanocomposite inks and their use with custom active mixing nozzle will be discussed. A low temperature process for fabricating 3D glass structures will also be described.