This post is about a very new field in Mechanical Engineering. As the title suggests it is about 3D printing and the universities that you need to take a look at while applying for Grad school with respect to 3D printing.
Post the Industrial Revolution there has been an influx of various manufacturing processes, which followed both the conventional and unconventional machining process. Sheet metal fabrication, Metal Castings dominated much of the last century, one of the drawbacks the world faced with metals, where the high cost and weight associated with the parts. In the last 3 decades as we started optimizing our products in order to cater to a large population and we developed Plastic Injection molding. All these processes while propelling us towards the advent of innovative products, the one disadvantage it had was attributed to the limited amount of materials that could be used due to the subtractive machining processes involved in making these products. i.e. Most end products were developed by removing material from a bigger part in order to make the final part, that’s why the term subtractive manufacturing techniques.
In the last 5 years with the advent of additive manufacturing things have started to change. In simple terms it a process in which you build a part in a layered manner by adding fused material in layers. Now the material can be Plastic, Concrete, Metal, Composite materials, Alloys, and even Human tissues. Someday you might be able to print a human organ as well. This flexibility has created a lot of traction within various product manufacturing companies. And thus it is a strong area in academia to focus research on, there has been a lot happening nowadays in the field of 3D printing. I have put together a list of universities and their research in this particular field for you to take a look at. If you are interested in pursuing a career in 3D printing, then you might find this very useful.
So, here we are. The top 8 universities in which you can pursue a specialization in 3D printing with a good amount of success. 3D printing as of all new fields is an interdisciplinary field. You need to understand the material science, manufacturing process, the working of the nozzles, and some organic chemistry as well.
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