Tony Overfelt, the new director of Auburn’s center for industrialized additive manufacturing (AM).
Tony Overfelt, the new director of Auburn’s center for industrialized additive manufacturing (AM).

Auburn University, based in Alabama, USA, has established a new center for industrialized additive manufacturing (AM).

Tony Overfelt, the William and Elizabeth Reed professor of mechanical engineering, will be its inaugural director.

The center has been awarded a three-year, US$1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to research ways for smaller manufacturers to use additive manufacturing for reliable, high-volume production of metal parts.

The university says that it has purchased new equipment on par with that used at the Auburn-based GE Aviation plant.

‘The creation of the Center for Industrialized Additive Manufacturing will help put Auburn at the forefront of this growing field of research,’ said Christopher B Roberts, dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. ‘This reaffirms our college’s commitment to advancing research in manufacturing, which is vital to the state of Alabama and the nation.’

This story is reprinted from material from Auburnwith editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.