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Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM) is a process of manufacturing from digital data to create a three dimensional part.  There are seven core technologies used in additive manufacturing with a wide range of materials including polymers, ceramics, and metals.  Utilizing this “layered” approach, complex structures can be realized that other traditional technologies cannot produce.

Faculty in Additive Manufacturing

GongHaijun Dr. Haijun Gong, Assistant Professor, completed his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 2013 from University of Louisville. He has conducted research in additive manufacturing and 3D printing process development, property characterization of 3D printed metals, simulation and optimization of laser melting process, and physical phenomena in the selective laser melting and electron beam melting processes.
Dr. Kamran Kardel Dr. Kamran Kardel, Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2016 from Auburn University. He has been the lead research assistant in the 3D-Printed Bio Surfaces (3D-PBS) Lab, an innovative and multidisciplinary research unit between Industrial and Systems Engineering and Biosystems Engineering. In this capacity, he has been conducting research at the intersection of additive manufacturing and custom-engineered substrata for bio-manufacturing applications (e.g. biofuels, bio-scaffolding, water treatment, etc.). In addition to the area above, he also has been pursuing the development of new contact force models, specifically the effect of roughness on collision between objects and the deformations during and after collisions for surfaces produced by 3D-printed polymers.
Dr. Drew Snelling, Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2015 from Virginia Tech.  He then worked for General Electric in additive manufacturing R&D before coming to Georgia Southern.  His research interests include metal additive manufacturing with an emphasis on design, materials processing and characterization of nickel and steel alloys, productionalization and efficiency, machine automation, workforce development, and education.  His interests also include the fusion of traditional and non-traditional manufacturing technologies, such as metal casting (investment and sand) and additive manufacturing, to advance the state-of-the-art.

Last updated: 10/22/2020