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

Advanced Manufacturing Processes Laboratory

Surface TexturingPolycrystalline Diamond Compact (PDC) insertsBacteria-Proof Textured Surfaces for Medical ApplicationsDSIF

Surface Texturing

Square texture improves the hydrophobicity of AA3003H14 surface. (Left) Surface without texture; (Right) Surface with texture

Polycrystalline Diamond Compact (PDC) inserts

Research is currently underway to gain understanding of rock cutting physics and capabilities by studying the interaction between rocks and PDC cutters.

Bacteria-Proof Textured Surfaces for Medical Applications

The texturing pattern, referred to as the Sharklet, was inspired by the antimicrobial properties of shark skin.

DSIF

Double-Sided Incremental Forming (DSIF) is a new concept for sheet forming where a sheet blank is deformed to a complex 3D freeform part by two stylus-type tools that follow pre-described toolpaths.

The group's research objectives are to increase energy utilization efficiency and to empower individual’s creativity through innovative manufacturing processes and systems, and through a better understanding of material behavior and process mechanics. The objectives ultimately lead to a comprehensive research portfolio in the research group, which includes mechanics of materials subjected to mechanical deformation, electrical and/or magnetic fields, predictive process modeling, sensors and process control, cloud manufacturing, and new process development in dieless forming, composite sheet forming, microforming and laser micromachining.

Current Research Projects

Past Research Projects