About the lab

   The research of our group focuses on studying how material forming processes existing in nature can be utilized to enable next-generation additive manufacturing (AM) technologies. Our current research topics include:

  • Next-generation AM technology development. We learn from nature to develop next-generation AM technologies, which feature multi-material, multi-scale, ultra-fast speed, energy-efficient, etc.
  • AM Process modeling, quality control and optimization. We use experimental and theoretical techniques to advance the understanding of fundamental physics behind nature-inspired AM processes and achieve performance-driven process control.
  • Novel applications of new AM technologies. We utilize the unique capabilities of our AM technologies to create game-changing devices for various applications, such as tissue engineering, sensing, energy harvest, robots, etc.

  • Recent Publications

  • Fei, F., He, L., Kirby, L. and Song, X., 2020.Study Of Droplet Diffusion In Hydrothermal-Assisted Transient Jet Fusion Of Ceramics. Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, pp.1-21.
  • Fei, F., He, L., Zhou, B., Xu, Z. and Song, X., 2019. "Hydrothermal-Assisted Transient Binder Jetting of Ceramics for Achieving High Green Density". JOM, pp.1-7.
  • Song, X., He, L., Yang, W., Wang, Z., Chen, Z., Guo, J., Wang, H., Chen, L., 2019. "Additive Manufacturing of Bi-continuous Piezocomposites with Triply Periodic Phase Interfaces for Combined Flexibility and Piezoelectricity". ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering.
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    Opening (new!!!)

    We have one fully-funded Ph.D. position available for Fall 2021. Students with strong hands-on skills and background in composite material characterization, multiphysics simulations, OR C++/python programming are encouranged to contact Dr.Song with your CV.


    Call for Papers

  • MS&T 2021, Oct 17-21, 2021, Columbus, Ohio: Additive Manufacturing of Ceramic-based Materials: Process Development, Materials, Process Optimization and Applications.More infor.


    Mar 2021: New grant awarded from DOE's REMADE institute to study new AM technologies for wastepaper recycling.

    Oct 2020: Our project on energetic materials printing covered by the Graphene Council news.

    Aug 2020: US Patent issued for our support-free ceramic printing technology.

    Jun 2020: Levi received the SME E.Wayne Kay PhD Scholarship.

    May 2020: New AFOSR grant awarded to study AM of energetic composites.

    April 2019: Wenbo, Matt and Li won the 2019 Research Open House Graduate Best Poster Awards.