materials & manufacturing research areas
The Applied Research Laboratory of the Pennsylvania State University (ARL Penn State), along with its partners Battelle and Sciaky Corporation, operate the Center for Innovative Metal Processing by Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D), a Manufacturing Demonstration Facility under the DARPA Open Manufacturing Program. The CIMP-3D provides advanced demonstration capabilities in direct digital manufacturing (DDM) technology that may include all aspects of analysis, design, materials, processing, inspection, characterization, and qualification to participants of the Open Manufacturing Program.
With a mission to advance and deploy DDM technology of metallic systems to industry, the Center for Innovative Metal Processing through Direct Digital Deposition seeks to:
The Center enables prospective participant to access information and data through a broad, virtual network of Center members involved in all facets of the development and implementation of direct digital manufacturing (DDM) technology for metallic systems. The Center also cultivates partners that include developers of DDM systems, institutions engaged in various aspects of innovative product design and process simulation techniques, materials suppliers and developers that realize the potential of DDM, corporations that plan to strategically exploit the technology, and government organizations that stand to benefit from the massive insertion of this disruptive technology to the U.S. industrial base. Appropriate to DDM technology, the Center functions through a cyber-enabled environment drawing upon the collective capabilities of the members, while also supporting a central facility for the advancement and demonstration of various DDM technologies for innovative design and manufacturing of metallic components and structures. The Center also serve as a virtual resource encompassing all aspects of the technology, as well providing an extensive, functional network of materials, process, and analysis capabilities available to industry, as well as training and education of technologist, engineers, and management.
A cornerstone of the Center is the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. The Facility serves as a training, development, and demonstration facility for DDM technology, and contains a select assortment of systems capable of producing high quality metallic components designed for critical applications. The Center also encompasses engineering resources, hardware, and software for component design, material selection, analysis, advanced sensing, and process simulation and validation.
The demonstration facility encompasses a wide range of direct digital manufacturing systems capable of full consolidation of metallic systems for critical applications that initially will include:
Optomec LENS MR-7 laser-based DDM system Sciaky electron beam-based DDM system
All of the processing systems described above form a digital manufacturing cluster accepting standard STL files for processing and linked to advanced analysis, design, and simulation systems. The Center also operates the CIMP digital network, capable of data and file transfer and accessible through HTTP Secure formats. As part of the Applied Research Laboratory capabilities, sensitive and classified data exchange may occur within a secure environment using the laboratory's connection to the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET).
In addition to the advanced direct digital manufacturing technology that is available within the Center and its members, a vast array of material analysis capabilities, characterization tools, and inspection techniques are available within the Pennsylvania State University. The Center also directly leverages the capabilities within the Laser Processing Division at ARL Penn State, which has been actively involved in the implementation of laser-based deposition technology for over 25-years. The Division has driven the advancement and implementation of deposition technology throughout the U.S. industrial base, and has included successful applications for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (in the development of Aeromet technology), Caterpillar Corporation, Naval Undersea Warfare Center-Keyport, Alvord Polk Corporation, Bonney Forge Corporation, Triton Corporation, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. The success of the Division as the world-wide leader in laser-based deposition technology that may be traced to its combined expertise in materials and process technology. Shown below is a timeline indicating contributions of the Laser Processing Division at ARL Penn State to deposition technology.
Timeline indicating major contributions in laser deposition technology by the Laser Processing Division of the Applied Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University.