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Advanced Digital & Additive Manufacturing Center 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.


Research themes
1. Manufacturing design and processes 2. Advanced Materials for 3DP 3. 3D Architected Materials and Principles 4. 3DP Components and Structures 5. Capacity building within UAE
1. Manufacturing design and processes
Manufacturing design and processes

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.

2. Advanced Materials for 3DP
Advanced Materials for 3DP

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.

3. 3D Architected Materials and Principles
3D Architected Materials and Principles

Theme Lead: Prof. Rashid K. Abu Al-Rub

The biggest advantage of AM is its ability to fabricate complex structures that cannot be achieved using other fabricating techniques. This theme focuses on utilizing AM for creating novel materials that are internally (i.e. the microstructure) architected to achieve a specific functionality or multi-functionalities (i.e., creating multi-functional metamaterials). This is similar to how structural engineers designed the Eiffel Tower, which is made of truss members, but relatively lightweight and strong. This will shift the material creation paradigm from structure→processing→property to property→architecture→fabrication. This theme will provide demonstrations of modern concepts of materials-by-design. The microstructure of the developed metamaterials will be 3D printed with unit-building cells and minimum feature sizes range from few millimeters to few hundreds of nanometers. 

4. 3DP Components and Structures
3DP Components and Structures

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.

5. Capacity building within UAE
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.

External Collaborators
  • New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)
  • Strata
  • Siemens
  • Etihad Airways
  • Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
  • Brunel University London
  • Dassault Aviation (DA)
  • US Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  • University of Applied Sciences (SUPSI)- Switzerland
  • Abu Dhabi Police