Membership to America Makes has opened the window to an exciting technology and the rapidly expanding associated industrial base. This has given access to exciting projects, information, networking opportunities and educational resources as well as guidance to one of our largest projects in additive manufacturing and advanced manufacturing in general.
Member Since: 2014
Louisiana State University (LSU) is a Land, Sea, and Space Grant research-extensive university. It offers high-value undergraduate education in a broad range of disciplines and fosters innovation through research in science and technology. The College of Engineering is positioned to realize its strategic goals improving America’s manufacturing competitiveness, developing cost-effective and environmentally friendly sources of energy, engineering better healthcare, creating solutions to save our coast and waterways, and providing safer more cost-effective national infrastructure. The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department leads in advanced manufacturing and materials research, while providing unique project-based (experiential) learning opportunities to aspiring new engineers.
Initiatives in Additive Manufacturing
- Leading a multi-million, multi-institutional cooperative agreement with NSF through the EPSCoR program on:
- additive manufacturing in metals, and
- multi-scale metal forming.
- A recently developed Advanced Manufacturing and Machining Facility providing access to advanced manufacturing resources and services to students, faculty, industry partners and the community.
- Regionally unique resources include:
- 3D printing in metals – SLM (readily available) and Arc-welding 3D printing (under development)
- 3D printing in plastics (PolyJet, FDM, Stereolithography),
- multi-axes micro-milling, and
- multi-axes electric discharge machining (EDM).
- A state-of-the-art, project-based learning environment through a Capstone Program, which emphasizes the design process as well as delivery of a tested and validated physical prototype. Completed project examples in additive manufacturing are:
- arc-welding robotic 3D printing system,
- OEM powder-bed SLM printer,
- alloy-powder production facility, and
- 3D-printed small-scale reactors in plastics and metal.
- A Fabrication Factory under development at the School of Arts and Design, with larger envelope 3D printing for architectural elements and furniture.