Mission & Goals

Additive manufacturing, a.k.a. 3D printing, is a transformational technology in the product development cycle that speeds products to market.  From engineering design through manufacturing to an actualized product, additive manufacturing is reducing cycle times and opening design alternatives previously unattainable.  We are here to promote design innovation and to apply additive manufacturing in new previously unimaginable ways.  The mission of the CAM is:

  1. To provide additive manufacturing capabilities across curricula at KSU.
  2. To transfer additive manufacturing and advanced engineering technologies to business and industry.
  3. Provide opportunities for faculty and students to develop creative design solutions to solve real world problems.

Center Goals and Objectives

  1. Promote and support 3D scanning and additive manufacturing across curricula. This technology is already making its way into various curricula on campus.  One goal of the CAM is to create a locus of knowledge and technology in additive manufacturing.  The center will provide synergy and access to high quality equipment while avoiding duplication.  Interest has already been established in the areas of Mechanical Engineering Technology, New Media Arts, Game Design, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Electrical Engineering Technology, Construction Management, Civil Engineering technology, Civil Engineering, and Business.  Promote additive manufacturing technology to: composite manufacturing, embedded electronics, injection molding, direct metal parts, fashion design, visual arts, entrepreneurship, and engine design.

  2. Operate a service bureau for local industry that will provide 3D printing, scanning, and design consulting. We have already identified a need within local industry to provide both prototypes as well as limited production parts through additive manufacturing.  Companies paying for these services will help defray operating costs and provide valuable and challenging opportunities for faculty and students.  Close contact with industry will also allow us to identify opportunities for workshops, seminars, and industry presentations.

  3. Conduct outreach to colleagues in academia and industry to share innovations in additive manufacturing technology. This technology is very new and most people are unaware of the possible applications.  We hope that by sharing our activities across and among our stakeholders, in a newsletter, we will be able to spread the word and thereby generate more opportunities for the center.  Through the newsletter distribution list we hope to be able to promote workshops, seminars, and industry presentations.

Pursue applied research opportunities in additive manufacturing. We intend to work with the National additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute to accelerate additive manufacturing technologies to the U.S. manufacturing sector.  Opportunities for applied research have already been identified in embedded electronics, injection molding, direct metal parts, fashion design, visual arts, entrepreneurship, and engine design.  We will work with Kennesaw State University student competition teams to apply 3D scanning and additive manufacturing to solve design challenges in innovative creative ways.