Manager, Rapid Prototyping Center Operations
Tim Gornet is the manager of operations at the University of Louisville’s Rapid Prototyping Center. His research is in the area of polymer sintering, including process control and optimization, mechanical properties, hardware improvements, materials research and development, and high temperature materials.
Gornet's previous work includes pioneering the use of the melt index for determining powder quality and developing a multi-zone heating system that has now been commercialized. He also performs applied research in design for additive manufacturing for polymers and metals and has led polymer laser sintering research programs with Boeing for novel aerospace application. He also is working in powder bed metal additive manufacturing technologies, where his research includes material development, process and mechanical property optimization.
Gornet has been active in the additive manufacturing and 3-D printing field since 1988, when he ran an SLA 250 at GE Appliances. He also is a past president of the Additive Manufacturing User’s Group (AMUG), founded the Selective Laser Sintering User’s Group and served as president 3 years, has been a board member for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing group and was recognized as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in RPD&M” by the TCT Magazine.
Gornet also is a frequent contributor to the annual Wohlers Report, and presents at numerous industry and academic conferences on additive manufacturing. His funded research has included several ONR/AFRL SBIR/STTR projects on unique polymer laser sintering materials and high temperature polymer applications as well as development of new materials and processing parameters for direct metal laser sintering.
Gornet earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in engineering at the University of Louisville's J.B. Speed School of Engineering and is completing his Ph.D. work at the University of Sheffield.