Processing with Powders: From Powder Metallurgy to Additive Manufacturing
Professor Sundar V. Atre
Endowed Chair of Manufacturing and Materials, University of Louisville
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Two major challenges need to be addressed in translating a preliminary engineering design problem into a disruptive commercial product based on advanced materials and systems: (1) Materials that will deliver multiple functionalities, and (2) Processes that will integrate the materials into a highly intricate product shape. These challenges are highly inter-related, and understanding the nature of these inter-relationships are crucial to the successful development of new applications. The primary focus of our research is the design and manufacturing of multi-scale architectures using a broad range of materials. This presentation will explore the use of particulate materials in the context of net shaping processes, and applications associated with additive manufacturing, popularly referred to as 3D printing. This presentation will emphasize transportation and medical applications in the manufacturing space based on our research and teaching at the University of Louisville.
Sundar V. Atre is the Endowed Chair of Manufacturing & Materials at the University of Louisville where he is leading an effort to establish a new program in Digital Manufacturing & Design. Sundar obtained his PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the Penn State University, following a B.Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Sundar’s research focuses on the interactions between materials, manufacturing and design and has generated over 190 publications, 7 issued and licensed patents, and over 20 intellectual property filings. Sundar has led a start-up company and helped establish 8 other new businesses during the last 18 years. One company, Home Dialysis Plus, focusing on portable kidney dialysis, received $180 million in private investment.