Northwestern University Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Advanced Manufacturing Processes Laboratory

Rapid Dieless Forming Technology(NIST) NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship ProgramAMPL Member Receives 2018 Enrico Fermi FellowshipLS-DYNA® MAT_COMPRF (MAT_293)Prof. Cao Editor-in-Chief PositionManufacturing is an Integration Platform – and a Candy Store!

Rapid Dieless Forming Technology

The AMPL team created a state-of-the-art video, presenting the Double-Sided Incremental Forming process. DSIF uses stylus-type tools to form a part from opposite sides. (video after the link)

(NIST) NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship Program

This NIST award is given to a highly select group of scientists and engineers who give special promise of becoming creative leaders in research.

AMPL Member Receives 2018 Enrico Fermi Fellowship

Sarah Wolff has been named a 2018 Enrico Fermi Fellow with Argonne National Laboratory's Energy Systems and X-ray Science Divisions.


AMPL has developed a non-orthogonal material model of woven composites in the preforming process.

Prof. Cao Editor-in-Chief Position

Prof. Jian Cao has been appointed Editor-in-Chief for the Elsevier Journal of Materials Processing Technology

Manufacturing is an Integration Platform – and a Candy Store!

Featured in the latest WAM podcast, Dr. Cao busts myths about manufacturing, describing the field as an “integration platform” and likening it to a “candy store” .

Our prime research interests are to develop computer-integrated systems for innovative manufacturing processes, including subtractive, deformation-based, and additive processes. These systems will be established based on the understanding of the multi-physics of material deformation combined with cost-effective simulation tools, intelligent design algorithms and the implementation of advanced control theories. The systems aim at reducing development time, providing manufacturing flexibility, and reducing manufacturing cost.

Through our research platform, we provide an excellent training ground for our undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars to advance their critical thinking skills, to gain independent research capabilities, to build-up collaborative team-work experience and to become responsible citizens.