Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM) is also known as 3D printing. It is a layer-by-layer fabrication process that provides distinct advantages in producing complex, customized, and/or low-volume, time-critical parts. AM is being used to fabricate fully functional final parts, prototypes and tooling. There are seven different categories of AM process technologies. Within those categories metal, ceramic, plastic and even biological tissues can be printed.

Youngstown State University's Center for Innovative Additive Manufacturing (CIAM) was created to advance research, education, workforce development and industry partnerships in this emerging field. CIAM is the focal point for additive manufacturing activities providing a resource for the College of STEM, but also for other academic divisions including the arts and health sciences.

CIAM has the following emphasis areas:

  • Materials characterization
  • Process development for materials
  • Precision post-processing of printed parts
  • Innovative business strategies
  • Digital manufacturing thread for AM
  • Design for AM
Current capabilities within CIAM by ASTM/ISO equipment category:
  • Powder Bed Fusion: 3D Systems ProX 320 Direct Metal Printer, 3D Systems sPro60 Selective Laser Sintering
  • Direct Energy Deposition: Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies AMBIT blown powder system mounted in Haas VF-3 4-axis machining center
  • Binder Jetting: ExOne S-Max 3D sand printer, ExOne M-Flex metal and ceramics printer, ExOne X1-Lab
  • Material Extrusion: Stratasys Fortus 400mc, Stratasys Fortus 250mc, 3D Printer Works CreatorBot ProSeries II, Aleph Objects Lulzbot TAZ 6, MakerBot Replicator 2 and 2X, Hyrel 3D
  • Material Jetting: 3D Systems Projet 3510SD
  • Vat Photopolymerization: 3D Systems Projet 1200
  • Sheet Lamination: MCor Iris

Funding from the Ohio Board of Regents, Ohio Third Frontier and Appalachian Regional Commission will add additional capabilities during the 2014-2015 school year.

CIAM is only 1,000 steps from America Makes. This proximity enables a Youngstown area network of industrial grade 3D printing systems for research and education. As a member of America Makes, Youngstown State University's faculty and students can access equipment at America Makes such as selective laser melting printing for metals, slective laser sintering of polymers, and industrial-sized fused deposition modeling printing. Several members of CIAM are currently pursuing co-op and internship at America Makes to get hands-on training on advanced metal AM technologies.