Leading the Revolution in Manufacturing
We have seen major changes in manufacturing in the 21st century, with streamlined systems and on-demand platforms growing exponentially in recent years. The emergence of optimal manufacturing systems, such as smart manufacturing, digital manufacturing, agile manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing and recycle-by-design, is creating countless opportunities for localized manufacturing industries. These new paradigms will change global manufacturing platforms and impact facility infrastructure and supply chains, intellectual property and enterprise economics — as society shifts toward increased personalization of products and services.
Research Focus Areas
- Intelligent, personalized and small-lot manufacturing
- Transformational manufacturing systems
- At-scale manufacturing of nanosystems
Research Breakthroughs in this Area
A game-changing honeycomb-shaped structure that "bounces back" can be embedded in car bumpers, helmets and more to minimize the effects of impacts.
Selective laser sintering, one of the world's first 3-D printing processes that was invented at the Cockrell School, has helped to reduce costs and drive innovation in advanced manufacturing for decades.
The Laser Additive Manufacturing Pilot System, a revolutionary new SLS-based machine, allows for exact, repeatable manufacturing in mass production.