Alfred’s CACT Represented at New York Additive Manufacturing Session
Representatives from Alfred University were in attendance at the New York State Additive Manufacturing Scoping Session.
Matthew M. Hall, Ph.D., Alfred University (AU) associate professor of biomaterials and glass science and Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) director, and Timothy J. Keenan, Ph.D., CACT project manager, were in attendance at the New York State Additive Manufacturing Scoping Session held at the General Electric’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna, N.Y., earlier this month to discuss the potential for ceramic materials in the additive manufacturing industry. The scoping session brought together representatives from industry, academia, and federal and state agencies to discuss the development of the additive manufacturing industry in New York, and address how funding agencies should be leveraged in order to promote economic growth and academic advancement and establish New York as a leader in this rapidly emerging industry.
AU recently obtained a State University of New York (SUNY) 2020 Grant, part of which will establish an additive manufacturing research and production center at the university. Hall presented an outline of the current industrial state of additively manufactured ceramic materials, and discussed both the potential areas for growth and potential challenges associated with ceramic materials in this area of industry. At the session, Hall explained how the additive manufacturing of ceramics introduces challenges, such as material slumping during manufacturing and shrinkage upon densification, which are not encountered when utilizing this method for the manufacture of metal and polymer products, and how the study of these challenges could present an opportunity for the state of New York to gain an advantage, and standout as an industry innovator.
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