The Center for Science of Heterogenous Additive Printing of 3D Materials (SHAP3D) focuses on 3D printing. Its work encompasses many different additive printing and manufacturing methods, and will enable rational design and creation of new material feedstocks; understanding of the material properties, protocols, and design rules used in 3D printing; and development of new 3D printing methods for novel materials and composites.
The mission of SHAP3D is to provide the fundamental knowledge for additively printed heterogeneous products that integrate multiple engineering materials with complex 3D structures and diverse functionality. Through research, SHAP3D is developing the critical and necessary insight into the fundamental structure-processing-property relationships to predict and control the integration of diverse materials for 3D printing.
The vision of SHAP3D is to provide its participants with new, validated materials with tunable properties and superior functionality for integration in real-world, heterogeneous designs. SHAP3D aims to enhance national excellence in additive manufacturing research and development that has direct relevance to industry, and develop a cadre of diverse undergraduate and graduate students with world-class training.
Site Director - UMass Lowell
Site Director - Georgia Tech
Technical Program Manager
Site Director - UCONN
SHAP3D's research projects are in one or more of the following areas:
Achieve unique properties through design leveraging topology optimization, multi-material printing and blending.
Develop novel and enhanced materials and the understanding of the interfacial bonding of the multimaterial systems.
Formulate and validate models to achieve faster printing, and more reliable and functional components and systems.
Improve and create new printing methods, concepts, and systems.