Additive manufacturing technologies are revolutionizing design and fabrication industries via high material throughput and rapid prototyping. Before the advent of 3D printing, it was not accessible to translate from conception to production without large resource expenditure. While currently many classes of materials are available for this technology, not much attention has been focused on expanding the scope of new or advanced materials for wider applications.
Our group primarily utilizes two methods of additive manufacturing in the form of fused deposition modeling (FDM) and stereolithographic (SLA) printing. Each of these techniques has benefits regarding processing, resolution, and ease of implementation. Through this technology, we are capable of modeling complex biomimetic structures, creating advanced experimental materials to print with, and engineering new strategies for printing novel materials.