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

Advanced Manufacturing Processes Laboratory

Surface TexturingAdditive ManufacturingIntegrated Forming Optimization Performance AnalysisDSIFCPS Data Structure

Surface Texturing

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

Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing breaks three fundamental manufacturing tradeoffs: capital versus scale, capital versus scope, and capital verses complexity. It also significantly reduces material waste by using only the material necessary.

Integrated Forming Optimization Performance Analysis

The main objective of the ICME project is to develop, integrate and implement simulation tools for Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) composites.


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.

CPS Data Structure

An Integrated Simulation and Process Control Platform for Distributed Manufacturing Process Chains

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