We’ve helped industrial users with rapid prototyping since 1993 and are one of the world’s premier additive manufacturing (AM) centers. Count on our experience to get your product to market quickly.
AMIST Core Facility
Established in 1993 in collaboration with five local companies, the AMIST Core Facility originally known as the Rapid Prototyping Center performs basic and applied research for government and industry sponsors and supports Speed School’s undergraduate and graduate program.
Our capabilities include:
- Additive manufacturing process modeling
- Additive metals processing
- Advanced additive manufacturing techniques
- Electron beam melting
- Fused deposition modeling
- Laser sintering of polymers
- Mechanical and fatigue testing
- Ultrasonic consolidation
Square feet of space in our research facility
Average annual grant awards over the past 10 years
Combined years of experience in additive manufacturing among faculty and staff
Tackett Relishes Challenge of Creating Solutions for Complex ProblemsOur Faculty and Staff
"We asked ourselves, 'what can we do right now?' How do we protect our most vulnerable citizens and how can the University play a positive role in making that happen?"- Ed Tackett, Director, AMIST Workforce Development
Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), a thermoplastic material with excellent resilience and piezoelectric potential, is a natural candidate for use in filament-based additive manufacturing technologies.
This research explores the convergence of a 3D printing process with snake-skin-inspired textures for mechanical traction. The design attributes of snake skin scales were studied via the shed skin of species Python Regius.
Additive Manufacturing Methods
The RPC is capable of producing prototypes and end-use, low-volume component parts utilizing the following additive manufacturing methods: Laser Sintering, Direct Metal Laser Sintering, Electron Beam Melting, Ultrasonic Consolidation, Fused Deposition Modeling, and Stereolithography.
Researchers at the AMIST Core Facility are actively involved in technical organizations as officers, presenters, and featured speakers at national and international conferences. The AMIST Core Facility also hosts tours for high school students, local industry groups, and the community at large.