Additive manufacturing, known as 3-D printing, is a relatively new but fast evolving technology set to fundamentally change the way manufacturing and design are done in almost all industries including aerospace, automotive, clean energy, biomedical, food packaging, and construction. The lab took about a year to complete and was constructed with the support of funding from Chevron, a long-time donor to the university.
“This kind of technology is something we’re always interested in,” said Telisa Toliver, vice president, business development, Chevron Pipeline Company.
The facility opens up a new level of advanced capabilities for university faculty and students. Tuskegee has also formed a multidisciplinary engineering team to utilize the unique capabilities of the facility to generate even more research dollars in this field for the university. Tuskegee undergraduate and graduate students will also be trained in additive manufacturing, which will make them better prepared to work professionally with this contemporary technology. The laboratory’s capabilities include 3-D bio-printing, 3-D scanning, reverse engineering, inspection and quality control, as well as the creation of prototypes and polymer testing, said Dr. Heshmat Aglan, Interim Dean and Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
“We’re delighted about our growing partnership with Chevron, which has been transformative for Tuskegee’s students, and our mission as a whole. We’re grateful for this vital relationship,” said Robert Blakely, vice president for advancement and development.