What is Additive Manufacturing?
Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a family of processes where computer models are used to create parts by depositing material one layer at a time. BYU's Additive Manufacturing Processes Research Lab pursues academic research in additive manufacturing with a focus on innovating and improving processes and technologies. Additive manufacturing holds a unique place in the manufacturing world - many of the conventional rules for manufacturability don't apply, meaning that AM parts can be designed with far more complexity than equivalent machined, molded, or cast parts. Student researchers in the Additive Manufacturing Processes Research Group explore ways to use additive manufacturing in new ways to enable innovations in aerospace, medical, consumer products, and more.