Ming Leu, Missouri University of Science and Technology (MUST), USA
Presentation Title: "Additive Manufacturing Technologies, Applications, Markets and Opportunities"
Commonly known as 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a suite of computer automated processes to fabricate three-dimensional physical objects layer by layer from CAD models. AM offers significant benefits over conventional manufacturing processes in producing one-of-a-kind parts or small batches, especially for those with geometric and/or material complexities. It holds great promise for the future as a tool-less, light-out manufacturing technology for components and products made of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites. This talk will first give an introduction of AM technologies along with their applications in the aerospace, healthcare, electronics and other industries. Then, markets and market trends on AM equipment, materials and services in the U.S. and abroad will be overviewed. Finally, future AM business and innovation opportunities will be presented.
About the Speaker: Ming C. Leu is the Keith and Pat Bailey Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he is also the Director of the Intelligent Systems Center. He founded Missouri S&T’s Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies in 2004 and has been serving as its director until 2016. Prior to joining Missouri S&T, he was a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, 1996-1999, the State Chair Professor in Manufacturing Productivity at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1987-1996, and a faculty member at Cornell University. Leu obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1981 from the University of California at Berkeley, his M.S. degree in 1977 from the Pennsylvania State University, and his B.S. degree in 1972 from the National Taiwan University, all in Mechanical Engineering. Leu’s research interests include additive manufacturing, cyber-physical manufacturing, robotics and automation, and product lifecycle management. He has published over 400 papers in refereed publications in professional journals and conference proceedings. Also, he has written one e-book and 10 book chapters, and has been granted 4 U.S. patents. Leu has received a few professional awards, including the University of Missouri President’s Leadership Award (2017), ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award (2014), ISFA Hideo Hanafusa Outstanding Investigator Award (2008), ASME Distinguished Service Award (2004), NJIT Harlan J. Perlis Research Award (1993), NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1985), SAE Ralph R. Teetor Education Award (1985), and FPRS Wood Paper Award (1981), and was on the NJIT team to receive the CASA/SME University Lead Award (1994). He was elected to CIRP Fellow in 2008 and to ASME Fellow in 1993, and is a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.