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Materials and Fabrication
The optimal functionality of a manufactured component relies on the combination of material characteristics, shape factors and fabrication approaches. Our researchers are working on each of these aspects by considering development of new or custom materials, as well as pursuing innovations in design and manufacturing approaches.
The factory of the future will deploy digital simulations of the manufacturing steps and link those to real machines or processes, as well as to the operators. This will create the possibility of having processes or machines that self-adjust themselves to reach optimal performance targets estimated through simulations and planning. Furthermore, digital manufacturing implies a new avenue of personalization of manufacturing through new types of human-machine interactions that would enable integration of operator experience and training to improve process outcomes.
Modelling, Simulation and Systems Theory
Monitoring and Control Manufacturing Processes
In-situ and Ex-situ Characterization Methods
Successful industry deployment of manufacturing processes, as well as progress in research and development, relies on characterization of processes and products. Researchers are working on development of sensing and monitoring strategies to collect data in-situ and work on strategies to enhance process performance. Furthermore, researchers are deploying innovative ex-situ characterization methods for materials and components to understand the complex relationships between process inputs and product outcomes.