1. Manufacturing design and processes
Manufacturing design and processes
2. Advanced Materials for 3DP
Theme Lead: Dr. Imad Barsoum
This theme focuses on digitally designing, simulating, and experimentally characterizing the additive manufacturing (AM) process through different AM technologies such as metal/plastic powder-bed infusion, fused deposition modeling, and polyjet processes. Simulating the AM process provides significant insights on the optimum printing parameters that lead to stable 3D printed components with enhanced mechanical and physical properties.
Advanced Materials for 3DP
3. 3DP Components and Structures
Theme Lead: Prof. Kin Liao
One of the most important aspects of AM is the materials used in printing components. This theme focuses on the development of new and novel materials (filaments, resins, or powders) that can be used in 3D printing of components using different AM technologies. This theme will open the door for collaboration with key UAE industries such as ADNOC-Borouge for making plastic filaments, resins, and powder; Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA) and Emirates Steel Industries (ESI) for creating metal powders. During initial discussions, ADNOC-Borouge, EGA, and ESI showed significant interest to enter the AM market.
3DP Components and Structures
4. Capacity building within UAE
Theme Lead: Prof. Wesley Cantwell
AM allows the fabrication of lightweight components with any desired complexity. Thus, this theme focuses on digital design, topology-optimization, performance simulations, 3D printing, and testing and characterization of structural components for various engineering applications such as aerospace, automotive, defense, health, and energy components.
Capacity building within UAE
Theme Lead: Dr. Bashar El-Khasawneh
This theme focuses on educational and outreach activities related to increasing awareness of the importance of AM in the fourth industrial revolution. These activities include: (1) creating a graduate course on Digital & Additive Manufacturing, (2) conducting short training courses tailored to different industries, (3) conducting short workshops for the undergraduate students, (4) organizing a regional consortium for academia-industry-government on AM, (5) organizing a conference on AM, and (6) Initiate short workshops for schoolteachers on AM.