Additive manufacturing and 3-D printing have created a new paradigm that allows companies to prototype new parts and products with less cost, time and risk.
The University of Louisville's Rapid Prototyping Center has world class capabilities for 3-D printing and additive manufacturing of metals, ceramics and polymers. The center has been performing federally-funded basic and applied research, technology transfer and industry-funded projects for more than 20 years.
The Institute for Product Realization can connect companies with the facility's current capabilities, which include:
- Direct metal laser sintering
- Electron beam melting
- Polymer laser sintering
- High-temperature polymer laser sintering
- Fused deposition modeling
- ExOne binderjetting
- Photopolymer 3-D printing
- Haas Technical Education Center
Those who use the Rapid Prototyping Center will have access to problem-solving technology and on-going research. They also will have access to the students and graduates of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering — engineers of tomorrow who already have hands-on training with advanced manufacturing technology.
INDUSTRY DESIGN PROJECTS
As part of their capstone coursework, upper-level mechanical engineering students at the University of Louisville team for one or two semesters to complete design projects presented by industry partners, such as designing a new product or component.
Consider them your personal R&D team, with access to the university's full suite of advanced equipment and facilities. In the past, our student teams have worked on projects with Cummins, LexMark, GE Appliances and UPS, just to name a few.
Companies pay a modest fee and retain all of the resulting intellectual property.
DID YOU KNOW...?
Percentage of companies already using additive manufacturing, according to a survey for Manufacturing Engineering’s Advanced Manufacturing Opportunities Report.