UofM Celebrates Opening of Metal Additive Manufacturing Lab

September 27, 2018 - The University of Memphis celebrated the opening of the state-of-the-art Metal Additive Manufacturing Lab Sept. 27. The event, which included remarks and a press conference, was held on the east side of the Engineering Technology Building.

"The opening of the Metal Additive Manufacturing Lab marks both the culmination of years of planning and the launch of a new phase of research and instruction at the Herff College of Engineering," said Dean Richard Sweigard. "This will be the region's first 3-D metal printing facility at an educational institution, and it will enable the University to perform cutting-edge research while also preparing graduates to meet the needs of our manufacturing partners. Additionally, the lab will provide new opportunities for researchers campus-wide to incorporate 3-D metal printing into their work."

The UofM has committed $2 million for building renovations, equipment and staffing.

"This new lab that will set the University of Memphis as the national standard for metal additive manufacturing and will position the Memphis region as the hub for additive manufacturing facilities and R&D," said Dr. Ebrahim Asadi, the lab's first director and assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering.