Seminar on '3D Printing to Digital Manufacturing' on Friday

Wenchao Zhou
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Wenchao Zhou

The U of A's Wenchao Zhou will give a virtual seminar titled "From 3D printing to digital manufacturing" on Zoom from 4-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. The talk is free and open to the public.

Zhou directs the AM3 Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas, with a research focus on scalable digital manufacturing technologies. He is also the co-founder and CTO of AMBOTS Inc., a startup for commercializing the swarm 3D printing and assembly (SPA) technology.

Zhou is nationally and internationally recognized for his original research and contributions to manufacturing education, such as the 2019 Randy Stevens Scholarship annual teacher's award, given by Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG), the 2018 IET Innovation Awards Highly Commended in Manufacturing Technology, Outstanding Paper of 2017 from the Rapid Prototyping Journal, and worldwide media coverage. Zhou graduated Huazhong University of Science and Technology with a B.S., Xi'an Jiaotong University with an M.S., and Georgia Tech with a Ph.D., all in mechanical engineering.

While 3D printing has made significant strides over the past decades, its scalability has become a major barrier for it to become a mainstream digital manufacturing method for high volume production. Zhou will introduce three different approaches that have been researched by the AM3 Lab at the University of Arkansas for scalable 3D printing for digital mass production.

The first is a cooperative 3D printing platform consisting of a swarm of 3D printing robots and other types of robots that work cooperatively to print and assemble large complex parts. The second is microheater array powder sintering (MAPS), a new additive manufacturing process that uses a microheater array as the energy source to sinter powder particles parallel. In contrast to selective laser sintering that uses lasers as energy source, MAPS provides a much more scalable and energy efficient way for selective sintering. The third approach is to improve the printing speed of inkjet by increasing printing frequency of inkjet from ~10 kHz to potentially ~1 MHz.

To attend the seminar, please visit the Zoom link.
Meeting ID: 873 4638 0922
Passcode: 8x&W7k)B

Contacts

Megan Parette, communications officer
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
479-575-4601, mbparett@uark.edu

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