Trans-facturing: Transforming Manufacturing with 3-D Printing

3-D printing technology is the key to transforming manufacturing technology. But the costs of 3-D printing devices, the speed of current methods, and integrating smart materials with processes continue to be challenges. 

Engineers and scientists at SDSU envision ways to enable fast and cost-efficient manufacturing solutions while leveraging transdisciplinary strengths to cultivate sustainability. The team proposes to integrate SDSU strengths in 3D printing, smart materials, machine learning, internet of things, cybersecurity and other emerging areas to advance the technology.

Transforming Manufacturing with 3-D Printing

The COVID-19 crisis has revealed the limitations of traditional manufacturing technology and business models. 3-D printing will enable more robust responses to future crises based on a new decentralized manufacturing model where individuals are empowered to fabricate crucial goods and become independent economic agents. 

As a sustainable, eco-friendly model, it will also help reduce the environmental impact of traditional manufacturing.

Big Ideas Champion

  • Joaquin Camacho, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
  • Chun-Ta Lai, Ph.D., Biology
  • Chris Paolini, Ph.D., Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • George Youssef, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering 

Team Members

  • Anne McMills, Ph.D., Theatre
  • Wenwu Xu, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering 
  • Yang Yang, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering 
  • Milton Torikachvili, Ph.D., Physics 
  • John Kang, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering 
  • Sean Park, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering