What is your thesis topic?
3D printing of hybrid core-shell architectures via direct-write additive manufacturing.
How is materials processing involved in your research?
My research lies in direct write (DW) additive manufacturing, more widely known as 3D printing. Additive manufacturing is a unique materials processing route in which components are built in a layer-by-layer fashion that enables the production of novel architectures and multi-material hybrid structures that cannot be produced by traditional processing routes. More specifically, my research lies in the processing and characterization of novel core-shell architectures via DW 3D printing.
Provide an example of where the material/process/ properties you are studying might find an application.
Working with a material system of epoxy-based inks consisting of a syntactic foam core surrounded by a carbon fiber reinforced ink shell, lightweight and stiff core-shell structures can be produced via direct write 3D printing. These structures exhibit superior properties to monolithic materials, showing potential application for use in improved structural components such as lightweight cellular structures.