It also puts Arizona on the map for 3-D printing advancements in academia and industry.

ASU’s Polytechnic campus is home to the Additive Manufacturing Center, a 15,000-square-foot additive manufacturing facility with $2 million of state-of-the-art 3-D printing equipment — which uses plastics, polymers, metals and composites in five different additive manufacturing processes — in addition to a range of materials processing and analytical tools.

Another part of the team’s proposal is an online, collaborative additive manufacturing textbook for comprehensive information. It’s designed as a “living” textbook, which is important to keep up-to-date in a field where more than 50 papers are published worldwide every day, according to PADT.

While we’re still far from the replicator’s capabilities of creating complete physical things out of pure energy, Hsu and his Fulton Schools team and industry partners have a strong platform from which they can work together to solve bigger science and engineering problems in additive manufacturing.

“Let the exciting research work begin!” Hsu said.

Monique Clement

Communications specialist, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering