Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory
The purpose of this lab is to conduct research, teaching, and engagement activities related to advanced manufacturing. Students gain understanding of the computational, analytical and experimental aspects of manufacturing. They learn analysis of manufacturing, machining and programming techniques, microscopic analysis of manufactured articles, and analysis of industrial problems using relevant case studies.
Current research projects:
Students are currently involved in projects related to micromachining analysis, high-speed machining, minimum quantity lubrication of machining, acoustic emission sensing of machining, computational analysis of machining and nanomachining.
Research results and application:
Through Purdue’s Technical Assistance Program, students use the lab to help companies solve problems related to the performance of coated cutting tools, effect of minimum quantity lubrication on productivity, cutting tool wear, reduced energy machining and micromachining.
Additional research has resulted in a provisional patent application in the area of micro machine tool design and the creation of a startup business called Micromachinists in Purdue’s Discovery Park.
The lab houses necessary computers, software, microscopes, machine tools, materials, and analysis equipment.
Outside funding and support:
The lab has been supported by grants and donations from the Department of Labor, the Department of Energy, the Y12 National Security Complex, Purdue’s Technical Assistance Program, and industry leaders.